2014 Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $25) SKU #1176860

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K&L Notes

The 2014 vintage was excellent in Sonoma, with rains during February and March giving way to a mild spring, a perfect summer, and an early harvest. The wine shows the intensely ripe aromatics of the vintage, with the structure and acidity of the cool Sonoma Coast. Barrel fermented in 40% new French oak. From the winery: "Beautifully balanced aromas of vanilla bean and toasty oak are underlaid with notes of tropical fruit, fresh ripe apple, and melon. On the palate, initial flavors of lemon-lime zest lead to rich, full-bodied flavors of ripe apple, hints of toasty pie spice, and a clean, crisp finish."

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    K&L Wine Merchants has sold the Amici Cellars wines since the winery was first founded back in the 1990’s. Over the past couple of decades Bob Shepard has become a good friend to K&L, and like any good friend, he always has a bottle of wine in hand whenever he drops by. I am sure he was smiling when I first had a chance to taste the 2014 Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. “This is really good!” I said. “Yeah,” said Bob. Hints of oak spice, gorgeous, bright tropical fruit. Lovely weight. The quality at this price point is nothing short of miraculous. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Bob.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    The best word to describe the Amici Chardonnay is balanced. The pure and generous aromatics of stone and tropical fruit lead us into notes of toasted oak and a hint of vanilla. The grapefruit flavors keeps the palate lively while the medium-bodied wine is refreshing and luxurious at the same time. To me, this is one of the best dinner party Chardonnays. It can please those who enjoy richer wines without overwhelming those who enjoy lighter, more sprightly wines. Either way, this Sonoma Coast Chard is tasty.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! I never thought that I would be writing up a domestic chardonnay. That being said, this Amici chardonnay bridges that gap between oaky/buttery (not my favorite) and lean/chalky (my favorite). It starts with riper fruit, white stone fruits and apples, and moves into light toast and oak and finishes with some really nice acidity and a touch of chalkiness. Really, really nice!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A Sonoma beauty. Cool apple, pear fruit notes with a hint of pastry, vanilla and spice. Full on the palate with nice rounded texture that is balance with good acidity. With flavors that range from apple turnover to lemon bars, my mouth is watering just thinking about this wine.


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