Landmark Vineyards Sonoma Valley
Very fine and stylish Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are made on this property by winemaker Eric Stern. During the mid-1990s roving wine consultant Helen Turley of MARCASSIN provided additional input and direction. There is a commitment here to producing wines from the ripest fruit from low-yielding, meticulously-tended vineyards and with minimal intervention. Chardonnay is the main focus, the Overlook label providing good value.
A marginally pricier Rodgers Creek Chardonnay also comes from the Sonoma Coast and a Pinot Gris is also made. The Chardonnays are in the rich, lightly tropical vein with nutty oak but decent grip and structure as well. The Grand Detour Pinot Noir is sourced from the high-altitude Van der Kamp vineyards of Sonoma Mountain and the wine is structured and concentrated with a gamey undercurrent.
In addition a small amount of Pinot Noir is also produced from the Rodgers Vineyard as well as from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Mirabelle Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The small range of reds is completed by a Steel Plow Grenache from the Sonoma Valley. (DM)
To find out more about Landmark and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)