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2015 Landmark Hilliard Bruce Vineyard Chardonnay

ITEM 8310338 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $30
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RATINGS

92Wine Enthusiast

...yellow-grapefruit rind, freshly squeezed lime, sea spray and a hint of hazelnut on the nose. Crushed seashell flavors frame the texturally compelling palate, where white cherry, tangerine, Bartlett pear and Asian pear flavors converge.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...bouquet of spiced citrus and orchard fruits, medium body, notable salty minerality, and a great finish. It's a ripe yet impeccably balanced Chardonnay that offers terrific freshness and purity.

PRODUCER

Landmark

Landmark Vineyards was founded in 1974 in Windsor by Bill Mabry and his family. In 1989 one of its investors, Damaris Deere Ethridge, took control of the estate and relocated it to Sonoma Valley. Deere Ethridge managed the estate and hired consulting winemaker Helen Turley and winemaker Eric Stern to improve the wines. The estate soon became noted for its Chardonnays. In 2011 the estate was sold to Roll Global, parent company of Fiji Water. Landmark has an 11-acre vineyard but sources most of its grapes from highly-regarded vineyards in Sonoma, Carneros, the Russian River Valley and Santa Barbara County. Landmark makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

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.