91 Points Robert Parker- The outstanding 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast was made from the Old Wente clone, with malolactic fermentation completely blocked, and only 25% new French oak used. Made in a Chablis-like style, it possesses lots of citrus and green apple notes, medium to full body, and wonderful freshness, delineation, acidity and intensity. Those who complain that California Chardonnays are too buttery or oaky will love what Auteur has accomplished with this cuv̩e. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
This release marks the fifth growing season of this illustrious site under our complete management. Originally planted in 1991 by Ron Piazza (current owner), this was the first of the five monopole vineyards overseen by our brilliant vineyard manager, Francisco Ramirez and renowned soil expert, Stan Kadota. Of the twenty acre site, six are devoted to chardonnay on a steep, wind- beaten slope of botella clay and limestone.
Since its first release in the spring of 1980, Cartlidge & Browne has won the hearts of consumers who appreciate premium quality wine at modest prices. Winemaker Marty Peterson comes from a family rich with vitcultural heritage. His great grandfather, Carl A. Peterson, built the family farm in Lodi in 1904 and it was here Marty learned how to grow quality wine grapes. After receiving a degree from California State University Fresno in Enology he began his career as an associate winemaker at Francis Coppola Winery. A master blender, he sources fruit from high quality vineyards throughout the state, emphasizing accurate varietal expression, balance, food-friendliness, complexity and most of all ‰ÛÒ value! ‰ÛÏDespite the enormous influence of California‰۪s wineries, too few specialize in premium wines at value prices. One that does is Cartlidge & Browne. Avoiding the extra oak and other types of manipulation used by some vintners, Cartlidge & Browne produces fruity, pure, and vibrant wines that reflect varietals‰۪ personalities. Even better, it offers sensational quality at bargain basement prices.‰ - Robert Parker
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