Flowers’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is sourced from a mix of vineyards, including the estate’s own Camp Meeting Ridge. The wine spends 11 Months French oak, 18 new, then three months on lees in stainless steel prior to bottling.
It’s a shiny yellow gold, limpid and pretty. Its aromas are accented by oak but not overtly so; there is a faint sense of toast, but the dominant fragrance is a mix of bay laurel, lemon thyme, and musk melon drizzled with citrus (which is the best descriptor I’ve got for ripe California Chardonnay). The palate is expansive, creamy and silk-satiny but lit-up with sunny fruit.
Pair the wine with fish and shellfish, poached light meat poultry, milky young cheeses, lemon curries, and fruit-nut pilafs.
2019 Flowers Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Sonoma County
13.5% ABV | $50 (sample)