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Landmark Chardonnay 2005

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The aromas of toasted almonds, caramel, and coconut are followed by crisp green apple and lemon rind flavors that convey certain minerality. The acidity will pair well with seafoods and shellfish, and complement pastas with cream sauces, as well as roast chicken and pork roast with fruit.

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Landmark Vineyards:
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the... Read more
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the family tradition in agriculture, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor, a town that was slowly being smothered by urban sprawl to a spectacular piece of land at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. Damaris believed that Landmark could be a small jewel of a winery and built a Spanish mission style winery equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment capable of producing 20,000 cases of wine per year. With the help of renowned Landscape architect, Morgan Wheelock, she developed the 20-acre site into a lush, gorgeously landscaped wine estate. Damaris convinced her son, Michael Deere Colhoun and his wife Mary to move from the east coast and join her as partners in the winery. Once settled, the Colhouns set in motion a plan that would truly make the winery a landmark. In 1993, they hired world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley to work with winemaker, Eric Stern. This collaboration led to some excellent winemaking. Under Eric’s direction, Landmark’s wines have consistently garnered rave reviews from the wine writers. Our signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list 7 times since 1997. The names of Landmark’s wines reflect their John Deere heritage. Landmark and Overlook were family homes. The Grand Detour Pinot Noir is named for the location of John Deere’s blacksmithing shop in Illinois. And with a nod to the beginning of it all, the Syrah is aptly named “Steel Plow.” Landmark’s mission is “to make great wines that enhance the joy of life.” Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are among the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of California’s winegrowing regions. While the variation of the wines from vintage to vintage can be dramatic or subtle, the crafting of each year’s wine is guided by a single overriding philosophy at Landmark: “less is more.” According to Winemaker, Eric Stern, “The less the wine is manipulated, the more flavors and aromas remain to enjoy.” Tasting Room Landmark’s Tasting Room is located on the corner of Highway 12 and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week and is closed only on major holidays. Hours of operation: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM seven days a week. Read less

Member Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Salmanazar20
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4.50 5
02/05/2008

I love the rich taste of Landmark's Overlook, and for the price tag, I think it is worth every penny. It is rich without being too forward, good with shellfish and easy to enjoy with dinner, or alone. Overlook is Landmark's "bargain" brand, and I think is is as delicious (albeit a bit different) as their other bigger-prcied chards.


Snooth User: cmol
6935221
4.50 5
07/08/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

One of California's finest as well as realistically priced Chardonnays is Landmark's Overlook. The 2006 (77% from Sonoma, 14% from Santa Barbara, and 9% from Monterey) exhibits classic tropical fruit, orange blossom, and citrus oil aromas along with a subtle whiff of oak in its fragrant, pure bouquet. Excellent acidity, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a stunningly long finish result in a beautiful Chardonnay to enjoy over the next several years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright gold. Spicy melon, peach and orange aromas are complicated by smoked meat and floral honey. Leesy melon and pit fruit flavors are energized by zesty minerality, which adds focus and lift. This understated chardonnay offers a lightly sweet touch and finishes with excellent cut persistence. There are almost 250,000 bottles of this in 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Although the grape sourcing on Overlook has changed, the wine's price has barely nudged over the years, and it still shows the polish and zest of all Landmark's Chardonnays. It's a wonderfully rich wine, finely balanced and rewarding.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Green apple, floral, lime and citrus blossom scents give this full-bodied Chardonnay a distinctive edge. Crisp and flinty, ending with wet stone. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Even while incorporating some new fruit sources, Overlook didn't miss a beat as this 1997 makes it four consecutive years as a Spectator Selection - and the price has held, too. This wine is ripe, smooth, rich and creamy, with layers of pear, vanilla, anise and fig flavors that are deep, complex and concentrated. Finishes with a long, delicious aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2007 Chardonnay Overlook (most from Sonoma County with about 20% from Santa Barbara and Monterey) offers a beautiful bouquet of peaches, pineapples, and other tropical fruits along with super-purity and focus. Medium to full-bodied, crisp, and pure, with the oak pushed to the background, this beautiful Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next several years. The always reliable Landmark winery continues to turn out a bevy of Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs and impressive Chardonnays. One of the best Chardonnay values in the marketplace is their Overlook.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2003 Chardonnay Overlook (only 12,000 cases produced because of lower yields) exhibits a greenish hue to its light straw color along with a big, sweet bouquet of tangerines, peaches, subtle smoke, and background toast. Possessing opulence, richness, elegance, and definition, it will drink well for 1-3 years.


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The aromas of toasted almonds, caramel, and coconut are followed by crisp green apple and lemon rind flavors that convey certain minerality. The acidity will pair well with seafoods and shellfish, and complement pastas with cream sauces, as well as roast chicken and pork roast with fruit.

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