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2012 Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

ITEM 8100764 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

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I8105972 1 $30 Feb 6, 2022
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92Wine Enthusiast

It shines in exotic florals and a creamy mouthfeel followed by a dry, bright finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and tangerine.

88-90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...offers up intriguing aromas of orange blossom, white currants and powdered rock along with fresh acidity, no evidence of oak, and a long, nicely textured, medium-bodied finish.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Toffee, caramel and very ripe apple fruit. Extreme Chardonnay power! Convincingly intense, and gives a good dose of flinty, saline character on the finish to add dimension.


Red Car

Red Car is Sonoma Coast producer founded in 2000 by Carroll Kemp and Mark Estrin, a pair of amateur winemakers who had both worked in Hollywood’s movie business. They decided to name their wine enterprise after the electric trolley cars that ran throughout Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century. Red Car makes a portfolio of wines under several labels, but its prestige label in the Reserve, which includes Pinot Noir, Syrah and Roussane.


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.