2017 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay

SKU #1392488 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The value-priced 2017 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast way over-delivers and has classic Sonoma Coast character, yet it sells for a song. Lots of tart peach, crushed citrus, and some obvious salinity all emerge from this medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh Chardonnay that’s ideal for a house white.  (1/2019)

91 points James Suckling

 A very pretty white with sliced apples and peaches on the nose and palate. Medium body. Bright and beautiful. Bright acidity. Delicious vivacity. Clean. Drink now.  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2017 Olema Chardonnay, made by Amici Cellars, is a blend of premier vineyards in Sonoma County. A portion of the blend was aged in barrels for rich, creamy texture with the remainder fermented in stainless steel, which preserves the bright, vibrant fruit and crispness. Classic aromas of pippin apples honeyed stone fruit, ripe lemon, honeydew melon, marzipan and cinnamon stick. Rich oily palate of golden apple, bartlet pear and savory lemon zest and thyme. Fruit is selected from the AVAs of Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap, Carneros and Russian River Valley. 50% Stainless Steel; 50% barrel aged in 30% new French Oak, 66% Malolactic Fermentation."


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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
Very easygoing Chardonnay, lots of pineapple, citrus and even a touch a clove spices. An easy choice for a big event.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
The Olema label from Amici Cellars consistently rates as one of our best values in the store. The 2017 Chardonnay is no exception packing a whole lot of wine into a very inexpensive price point! Keep in mind this is a sub-$15 Chardonny crafted by the same winemaker and in the same winery as Amici's $200 wines from Beckstoffer To Kalon / Missouri Hopper and Morisoli Vineyards. Amici have been racking up huge scores recently and to be honest I can't think of any other winery that has the prestige and pedigree they do...where you can still buy some of their offerings for such reasonable price points!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
A bright and friendly Chardonnay that is not afraid to push the oak into the background and let the fruit shine through? YES, PLEASE! This tremendous little white has beautiful pear and spice notes with a clean refreshing palate. A touch of citrus and white flower add some complexity on the nose. The concentration holds your attention and the finish has great length. This generous wine will have you coming back again and again for its lovely exuberance. A near-perfect daily drinker!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
The 2016 Olema Sonoma Chardonnay is a crowd-pleaser! It shows lovely fruit upfront which is balanced with a fair amount of acidity. The finish is not at all heavy, but still shows classic California Chardonnay hints of vanilla, ripe pear and tropical notes.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of nutmeg and alspice with delicate hints of vanilla. On the palate I was truly surprised by the weight and dimension of this wine at the price point, very well made with a great balance not too much sweet fruit or oak presence. The supple texture and good acidic balance give the wine weight but makes it light on the palate a pleasure to drink.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8