Review: 2016 Landmark Vineyards Chardonnay Overlook and Pinot Noir Hop Kiln
We’ve covered Landmark Vineyards’ wines repeatedly over the years. Today we look at two new releases, both from Sonoma, from the 2016 vintage.
2016 Landmark Vineyards Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County – Butter, oak, and vanilla are whipped into a frenzy on this impactful but approachable wine, with layers of coconut, buttered popcorn, and lemon tea all making a showing. The somewhat gummy body is a bit less thrilling, leaving a rather cloying coating on the palate as the toasty, lemony finish arrives. A typical example of Sonoma chardonnay, but nothing altogether striking. B / $17
2016 Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir Hop Kiln Estate Russian River Valley – Well-structured pinot from the Russian River, lightly meaty, lightly earthy, and layered with bunches of both fresh and dried cherries. Notes of cola and tea leaf add balance and a hint of spice, which is more evident on the cinnamon-touched finish. Very drinkable, both with food and alone. A- / $40
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