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Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay
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750ML / 13.2% ABV
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750ML / 13.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

In 2014, conditions were outstanding for Chardonnay in the West Sonoma Coast. Moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, a balanced crop, and few if any significant episodes of rain before harvest yielded grapes with high acid and complex flavors at reasonably low sugars, which resulted in wines with naturally moderate alcohol levels. Our Chardonnay grapes are pressed off of their skins and fermented in French Oak barrels, the majority of which are older, neutral and not terribly “oaky.” The resulting wines are racy and taut, medium bodied and complex with a mineral edge.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Some of the most distinctive California Chardonnays hail from the Sonoma Coast AVA, and this is especially true when the grapes come from the better locations in the spread-out and diverse area. The 2014 Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is one a superb effort. TASTING NOTES: This wine is lively, textured, and lasting. Pair its aromas and flavors of dried peach, core fruits, and lively minerality with pan-seared flounder. (Tasted: May 21, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WE 91
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Velvety smooth in sublime flavors of green apple and toasted oak, this wine takes a light approach to ripeness, allowing for the tart pineapple fruit to speak quietly around an acid-driven core.
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Red Car was founded in 2000 when Mark Estrin, Carroll Kemp and Richard Crowell produced 50 cases of wine from a single ton of Syrah grapes in a Culver City garage. In a nod to their Los Angeles roots, the new venture was named Red Car after the trolley line that ferried riders across the region for the first half of the twentieth century.

In 2004, they purchased 125 acres of land and began developing vineyards in the wild coastal ridges north of Sonoma County’s Bodega Bay, a region now known as the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Here, the interplay of warm sunshine, cool Pacific breezes and sandstone soils could yield the age-worthy wines of structure and complexity that had captured their imagination.

Today, under the direction of viticulturist, Greg Adams, and winemaker, Tanner Scheer, Red Car farms five dramatic vineyards including Heaven & Earth, Zephyr Farms, Mohrhardt Ridge, Hagan, and The Estate. This rugged terrain's coastal influence—where the Pacific fog filters in daily through giant redwoods until warm sunshine sends it back out to the sea—provides perfect growing conditions for their hallmark style: perfumed aromatics, bright fruit, crisp texture and uplifting acidity. Red Car is passionately committed to producing wines of purity and focus that express the authentic varietal character and terroir of each unique coastal vineyard site. At the core, Red Car is a small, independent farming operation committed to conservation and sustainability.

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