Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
Yellow lemon in color, the 2018 Overlook Chardonnay has aromas of ripe lemon, baked yellow apple, peach, butterscotch with chamomile flower and lemon grass notes. On the palate, flavors of ripe lemon, yellow apple skin, white peach and just-ripe apricot with hints of grilled pineapple on the entry. Toasted oak and barrel spice emerge on the textural mid-palate along with subtle, savory hints of pine nut. The finish is long, refreshing and textural with lingering zesty lemon, subtle peach and baking spice accents.
The 2018 Overlook Chardonnay is a complex and balanced mix of ripe fruit, savory flavors and crisp, textural elements. It's great to drink on its own or paired with a variety of dishes from a roasted chicken breast with a lemon and rosemary sauce or a creamy fettuccine alfredo finished with a lemon zest accent.
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Oaky, rich and layered, this likable white offers apple, peach, pear and a whirl of butter scotch, with the oak adding a toasted note. Softly textured and rounded on the palate, it brings complexity within a full-bodied style.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.