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Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
  • W&S94
  • WS92
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Winemaker Notes

Pale straw color. Vibrant aromas of lemon curd and honeysuckle on the bouquet with flavors of lime and ripe pear on the palate. Rich and lush, the wine is highlighted with a crisp, clean acidity and distinctive minerality.

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Walt and Joan Flowers planted the east-facing slope of Camp Meeting Ridge in the early 1990s. As their first vineyard, it was something of an experiment, one barely protected from the Pacific two miles further west. It's taken twenty years and some replanting for these vines to settle into the mash up of marine sediments and volcanic rock, which creates a character in the char­donnay that parallels oak's woodiness. This vintage melds it into a roasted hazelnut scent, given over to floral delicacy as the wine evolves in the glass. Sea air and citrus cool the flavors, tightening the chardonnay fat into a fine and graceful richness. There's pinkness to that citrus flavor that would be delicious with roast salmon.

WS 92
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Sleek and elegant, with ripe, well-defined, subtle pear, honeydew and honeysuckle notes that sit easy on the palate, with enticing flavors that linger. Drink now through 2018.

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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.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

SWS311164_2009 Item# 112900

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