2012 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

About the Wine: 
This 2012 Olema Chardonnay, made by Amici Cellars, is a blend produced from vineyards in the widely acclaimed Russian River and Sonoma Coast regions of Sonoma County.   A portion of the blend was fermented in barrels for a rich, creamy texture with the remainder fermented in stainless steel which preserves the bright, vibrant fruit and crispness. The tropical fruit characteristics of the Russian River Valley fruit marry beautifully with the citrus and mineral notes from Sonoma Coast, giving the final blend a Burgundian style with California roots.

2012 Vintage: 2012 is widely regarded as one of the best vintages on record for California winemaking. The ideal year began with a mild spring and no frosts, and continued with a summer and fall that brought warm, even temperatures and no heat waves. Throughout the growing season the vines enjoyed warm days and cool nights, allowing a long, slow ripening that resulted in beautifully balanced wines with fully developed flavors and fresh acidity.

Winemaker Notes:  Aromas of ripe stone fruits and orange blossom lead to layered flavors of dried apricots, ripe pineapple and a creamy lemon custard, with a delightfully long finish.  Serve this wine lightly chilled, paired with virtually any summer food. It goes especially well with grilled fish, poultry and light pasta dishes.
-Joel Aiken

Alcohol: 13.9%

Appellation: Sonoma County

Fermentation: A combination of tank and barrel, with two-thirds of the wine completing malolactic fermentation.

Aging: 50% aged in French oak barrels and 50% stainless steel tanks

Product Reviews:

100 Top Values of 2014
"A bold and assertive style, with rich, honey-laced melon, pear, apricot and fig flavors that are pure, focused and persistent."— J.L., Wine Spectator, May/June 2014

4+ Stars (excellent+)
"Excellent value:  a softly textured, full bodied wine with subtle fruit character (pear, peach, lemon peel), very good balance, and a medium long finish. Aged 50% in French oak barrels, 50% in stainless steel tanks."
Restaurant Wine, February 2014

"Bright full yellow. Musky aromas of candied apple, nutmeg, honeysuckle and toasty oak, complicated by a leesy nuance. Round, sweet and ripe, with a savory aspect to the flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, toast and brown spice... Finishes with good lingering fruit. Remarkably inexpensive."
— S.T., International Wine Cellar, May/June 2014

"This approachable chardonnay was fermented half in oak and half in stainless steel, giving the wine a crisp and refreshing acidity; apple and citrus notes balance the wine and bring a creamy quality to the finish."
Beverage Dynamics, May 2013

"...a wine with universal appeal, with bright pineapple, lemon-meringue pie and honeysuckle flavors."
Wine Enthusiast, 12/1/13

"Pale gold color; crisp, taut, fresh; apples, grapefruit and pineapple; spicy and lively, a little lean and sinewy but generous and expansive too; quite pleasant and tasty. Very Good+."
Bigger Than Your Head wine blog, 6/27/14

"Russian River meets the Sonoma coast in this county appellation blend of stone and tropical fruit flavors: and stainless steel meets French oak for a blend of textural sensations in a wine that is both fresh and creamy. Napa Valley's Amici Cellars produces the Olema lineup of Sonoma County wines, and this chardonnay ($15) is ready for a party, no matter the location. It is a crowd-pleaser with bold pear, red apple, apricot and mango fruit, lemon-meringue. toast and spice. Wine-of-the-Week."
Napa Valley Register, 8/15/14

Retail Price : $15.00


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