2022 FLOWERS Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

$38.00

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Subtle white flower aromas and Sonoma coast minerality gracefully envelop the nose of this Chardonnay. Kaffir lime leaf, fresh herbs, and citrus elements enhance its bright, savory character. The initial sip presents a burst of fresh fruit seamlessly integrated with precise acidity and pleasing chalky textures. With aeration, delicate almond skin notes complement the gentle citrus and pear flavors, concluding in a finish rich in mineral nuances.
Volume: 750 ML | 13.5% ABV

11 in stock

James Suckling – 94 Points

This is really tangy and vivid with sliced lemons and green apples with stone and white peaches. Some flowers and botanicals. Medium body. Firm and fine phenolics and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. Nov/2023 —James Suckling | jamessuckling.com

Description

The 2022 Flowers Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast is a testament to the coastal influence and meticulous winemaking that define this renowned vineyard. Sourced from cool-climate vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, this Chardonnay captures the essence of its maritime terroir. The vintage begins with a pale straw hue, offering a visual prelude to its refreshing character.

On the nose, aromas of citrus, green apple, and hints of tropical fruit dance harmoniously, showcasing the vibrant fruit expressions. The palate unfolds with a crisp acidity, balanced by a creamy texture, creating a delightful interplay of flavors. Notes of stone fruit, lemon zest, and a subtle minerality contribute to the wine’s complexity, reflecting the diverse and well-draining soils of the Sonoma Coast.

Fermented in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels, the 2022 Flowers Chardonnay undergoes careful aging, allowing for a nuanced integration of flavors and a lingering finish. This Chardonnay stands as a true representation of the winery’s commitment to crafting wines that embody the unique characteristics of the Sonoma Coast. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh seafood or creamy pasta dishes, this vintage invites wine enthusiasts to experience the coastal elegance and sophistication synonymous with Flowers.

Flowers Vineyard, nestled in the rugged terrain of the Sonoma Coast, has etched its name in the annals of Californian winemaking as a pioneer of cool-climate viticulture. Established in 1989 by Walt and Joan Flowers, this family-owned estate embarked on a journey to explore the untapped potential of the extreme western edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation.

Driven by a passion for crafting wines that echo the maritime influence and unique terroir of the region, Flowers Vineyard became a trailblazer in planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this cool, challenging climate. The estate’s commitment to sustainable farming practices, combined with meticulous vineyard management, has played a pivotal role in shaping the distinct character of Flowers wines.

The vineyards, perched on ridges overlooking the Pacific Ocean, benefit from the cooling breezes and fog that define the Sonoma Coast. This natural cooling effect extends the growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, intensifying flavors and preserving acidity. The result is wines of exceptional balance, elegance, and a pronounced expression of their coastal origin.

With a focus on organic and biodynamic farming, Flowers Vineyard has embraced a holistic approach to winemaking that respects the land and its ecosystems. The estate’s commitment to quality has earned Flowers a well-deserved reputation for producing wines that capture the essence of the Sonoma Coast’s wild beauty—a legacy that continues to evolve under the stewardship of the Flowers family.

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