Landmark's Overlook Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: First class

subLandmark_2014_Overlook_ChardSonoma_simple_sRGBLANDMARK VINEYARDS has a track record for quality, especially regarding the Overlook Chardonnay, its flagship wine (it first came out in 1991). The focus was set a long time ago: prime vineyards, and prime spots in those vineyards; wines that reflect the terroir; whole-cluster pressing; native yeast fermentation; aging in French oak. The Mabry family founded the winery in 1974 along with investors that included Damaris Deere Ford, the great-great granddaughter of John Deere who invented the first steel plough. She would later become sole owner and move the winery from Windsor to Kenwood in Sonoma County. Landmark was one of the first wineries to use Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. It hired famed enology consultant Helen Turley back in 1993. The Landmark Overlook Chardonnay has been on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List six times. The black label is distinctive with its formal cursive lettering and jagged top edge. Prices listed below are full markup. You may find them for less.

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County California 2014, $25: Like an essence of chardonnay, this dry beauty floods the senses with intense aromas of ripe pear, white peach, white nectarine, citrus and a kiss of marzipan and roasted almond. Flavors are woven with spicy, toasty oak. It has firm, juicy acidity. The finish is persistent. It’s sourced from top growers in Sonoma County. Delicious.

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir Sonoma County California 2014, $25: Juicy, packed with fruit, styled with tannins with mild grip. As it sits in the glass, it opens up with aromas of cherry, cola, brown baking spice and plum. It’s creamy and spicy on the palate with notes of red raspberry and gingerbread.

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