Wine Review – 2006 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Sonoma, California

Winery: Flowers Vineyard and Wineryflowerschardonnay

Bottling: 2006 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Region: California

Sub-Region: Sonoma

Estimated Retail Price: Around $45

Purchase Details/Tasting Source: Wish I could remember how we got this bottle.  Had during dinner, see details below.

Tasting Notes: This was an interesting wine.  It bordered on being a little too light and airy in the weight department, that was a little underwhelmed.  After checking the specs department, I saw that they only lightly stirred the lees lightly for four months, rather than continuously for the entire time spent in barrel.  On the flip side, the airiness and the lightness also contributed a feminine quality to the wine that allowed you to pick up the subtle nuances.

The flavors were that of typical chardonnay pear, apple and spice.  There was just a shade of oak that helped frame the wine and a medium amount of acid.  Actually, as the night wore on, I started to like the wine more and appreciated it for its understated elegance.  The nose was very pretty and pleasant as well.

If you love Rombauer, Kongsgaard, Edna Valley Paragon Chardonnay or anything else with a little bit of wood and butter, you should probably steer clear of this chardonnay

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