This trio of new releases was live-tasted with winemaker Greg Stach on Landmark’s Instagram Live channel, which you should check out. If you missed the event (and why would you be here if you didn’t?), here’s what I thought about the wines.
2018 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County – Quite a bit less oak-heavy than prior bottlings of Overlook, this sunny chardonnay blends notes of melon and lemon peel, with a gently grassy character and some mixed florals. A heavier oak note builds toward the finish, with notes of coconut and sweet cream lingering. Solid value. A- / $20
2017 Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – Quite a light-bodied expression for a Santa Lucia pinot noir bottling, though its bright red fruits are eventually tempered by a hefty graphite and roasted mushroom note. Notes of cedar and spice percolate on the subdued finish. A- / $45
2017 Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – This is only the second bottling from Landmark’s Hop Kiln Estate vineyard — which it acquired in 2016 — and it’s a powerhouse. A lovely mix of red berries, cherry, and chocolaty currants, this is a far more intense experience than the Santa Lucia expression, and it pays off, with notes of tea leaf, cola, and a punchy, stone-washed finish. I’d pick this up by the case. A / $40