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

Food and Context in Which to Enjoy: We had this as a celebratory wine paired with a celebratory dinner to commemorate the inauguration of our new president, Barack Obama.  The wine was perfect with our truffled mashed potatoes, seared ahi and sauteed haricot verts.  Fish, pork, chicken and anything considered white meat would be an ideal pairing with this wine.

Winery Background: Flowers Vineyard and Winery is located in the outer reaches of the Northern Sonoma coast of California, a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.  I’ve never been to their winery, but after perusing through their pictures gallery on their website, you can see how breathtaking the views and scenery are.  I gotta plan a future visit there for sure.

Walt and Joan Flowers actually found their future estate property in a three-line classified ad in Wine Spectator.  They originally sold their fruit to the likes of wineries like Kistler, before bottling their own juice in 1994

The winery produces only pinot noir and chardonnay; favorites of the proprietors.  Their standard Sonoma Coast bottlings of pinot and chard are pretty solid and consistent year in, year out.  The Flowers also own a couple of estate vineyards, from which they farm grapes to produce their premium level, single and multi-vineyard labels.

Flowers was recently purchased by Augustin Huneeus, of Quintessa Winery in Napa and Veramonte in Chile.  I don’t know if any changes are planned, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds with this partnership.


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