I get a lot of Chardonnay samples. Most of them are a lot less than the retail $25.00 that this wine is asking, but most of them are not my cup of tea. As you know, gentle reader, I try to praise not scorn in this blog, so I only try to put up things I like. This wine is one of them and I feel it is a great value. It was also sent to me as a press sample.
Landmark is no newcomer to the wine world. It's been producing good Sonoma wine up in Kenwood for the last 38 years. It was founded by Damaris Deere Ford, great-great granddaughter of John Deere in 1974. I like the whole cluster/natural fermentation process this wine went though.
The Overlook is a beautiful, pleasantly rich Sonoma Chardonnay that right now is showing pretty acid-forward and a pinch woody, but I'm sure this is structured enough to mellow out its angularity. The flavor model is like a lemony Santa Barbara Chardonnay blended with a rich Russian River Chardonnay. It has little hints of tangerine peel, and white peach, balanced with a nice acid hit. I opened this while I am cooking dinner, and I may just leave the bottle of Puligny-Montrachet I have chilling in the 'fridge where it is tonight and drink this instead!...Recommended.