1 Value Wine of 2016 Robert Parker. “The Chardonnay Olema from Sonoma is a heck of a bottle of wine, with honeysuckle, lemon blossom and a touch of white peach all present in this wine that offers clean, pure fruit, medium body and a distant hint of wood. This is a terrific value and sleeper selection. Drink it over the next year.”
This Chardonnay is a blend produced from premier vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations 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 crispiness.
This perfectly balanced, classic Chardonnay opens with aromas of vanilla, ripe apple, pear, buttered toast, and grilled pineapple. Flavors of apple pie, almond, toasted hazelnut and salted caramel are balanced by a fresh lemon acidity, leading to a round, smooth finish.