2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay SKU #1300623


VN 91 W&S 91 WE 91
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K&L Notes

Honestly there is not much that we can say about Flowers Vineyards & Winery that even a wine neophyte does not already know. We often use this platform to launch the new, the unheard-of or the up-and-coming, but this time we are here to emphasize just how good these wines truly are and how they've continued to get better and more refined over time. There are a lot of people out there, including our staff, who have a preconception of what these wines are -- big, bombastic, full-bore wines that are pushed to one side of the polar scale, but at this point that couldn't be further from the truth. From rosé to Pinot Noir to Chardonnay to their top-end single vineyard efforts, these wines are all about balance, freshness and fruit and have exceptional purity.

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great representation of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay fruit from the cool coastal influence and great growing season. Not overly rich or buttery, this elegant Chardonnay shows flavors of citrus fruits, white flowers and hazelnuts with salinity and minerality creating fantastic balance. There is no wonder why this is a domestic customer favorite year after year!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    You have to take note when a premium winery like Flowers releases a biodynamic/organic Chardonnay from my favorite appellation for the varietal, Sonoma Coast. This is a beautiful wine that is at once creamy and toasty, refreshing, and full of secondary flavors of spices like clove and cinnamon from 11 months in 35% new French oak. Have this gem with some roasted chicken and fennel.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a polished and refined wine, made from high quality, cool climate fruit from the Fort Ross-Seaview area. The wine is a light, golden color which is the first indicator of it's subtle finesse, with aromas of delicate yellow flowers and wet rock, lemon peel and raw honey. The palate is light to medium bodied, but coats the mouth nicely, with just the slightest hint of freshly churned butter. This said, the wine has a very clean finish, with minerality that won't quit.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    With how popular the Chardonnay from Flowers already is it still boggles my mind that it isn’t even more popular. I’ve used this wine for a few years now as one of the quintessential Chardonnays of the US. It rides a lovely middle line without sacrificing flavor, complexity or quality and is never “dumbed down” to be so likeable across so many different palates. The 2015 shows the intensity and concentration of the vintage while never losing the house style of framing pure varietal Chardonnay flavors of honeyed pear and nectarine under a nose of raw cashews and shelled pecans and the sea foam/briny highlights of the far Sonoma Coast. This wine is truly a standard bearer in the world of Chardonnay.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Flowers has recently shifted towards a more finesse-driven style and frankly, it's relieving. Not to say that I wasn't a fan before this, but there is no shortage of big, viscous Chardonnays in Sonoma and I've been hoping for something to change. I was fortunate enough to taste this wine a few weeks ago and was astonished by the length and balance that is possessed - notes of lemon flesh, white peach, marzipan, cloves and a lovely saline quality on the finish. Very impressed by the direction of this winery, not to mention they are going to take over the old VML property in Healdsburg, which should be nothing short of awesome!


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