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Flowers Andreen-Gale Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
  • CG92
  • W&S91
14.1% ABV
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14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Brilliant, pale straw color. Lemon citrus & floral notes followed by subtle mineral & vanilla bean tones. Rich and spreading. Defined CMR minerality. Good acid integration. Long, complex finish. Impressive now and will continue to develop. Drink over the next 3 years.

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CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide
Taut and nervy aromas of Pippin apples backed up by sweeter wisps of Gala apple perfumes are filled out handsomely by quiet but intriguing notes of chalk and other minerals as well as a mild but evident dollop of creme brulee oak. If this wine's first notes hint at limits, its succeeding impressions convince that there are both depth aplenty and impeccable balance here. Admittedly, you will need to be a fan of firm, crisp Chardonnays, and, if so, this one comes straight up your alley.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Andreen-Gale is on its way to becoming Flowers' blend of estate vineyards (this vintage is about 80 percent estate; by 2008, it will be all estate). It's all barrel-fermented, with a higher proportion of new barrels than Flowers uses in the Sonoma Coast wine. For now, this wine's aroma and flavor are restrained, giving a clean, gentle impression that's light rather than pushed. There's the warm spice of alcohol in the end, like tasting paprika on fresh pineapple. Decant for grilled sea bass.
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Flowers Vineyard & Winery, , California
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As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know what that their path would eventually lead them across the country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. In 1989, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are famed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews.
SOU222427_2006 Item# 96963

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