January 29, 2016

LANDMARK, Kenwood, Sonoma


2013 'Overlook' Pinot Noir, California
Retail: $47.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs)


Inspiring, wild-fermented Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Tucked away at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Sonoma Valley, Landmark Vineyards epitomizes the rustic grace and beauty of Sonoma County. Landmark has been producing premium, handcrafted wines since 1974.

The winery’s history is rooted in agriculture — its founder, Damaris Deere Ford, is the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, inventor of the first steel plow. Damaris turned her focus to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the early ‘90s — 1991 was the first vintage of ‘Overlook’ Chardonnay, which continues to be their flagship wine.  In 1993 Landmark deepened their commitment to Chardonnay by hiring world-renown enologist Helen Turley (no longer with the winery), which led to Landmark’s signature style: whole-cluster pressed grapes, native yeast fermentation and barrel aging in French oak.

Today, winemaker Greg Stach uses these same techniques, guided by a ‘less is more’ philosophy. Believing that great wines start in the vineyard, he intervenes only to ensure consistency and quality. Where possible, he relies on the fruit’s natural flavour intensity and its distinct vineyard characteristics to craft interesting, elegant wines. Landmark sources the best possible grapes from vineyard sites across California, including Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties.

Landmark ‘Overlook’ Chardonnay has been included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list 6 times since its inception. In 2014, the winery released their first vintage of ‘Overlook’ Pinot Noir, bound to achieve similar greatness.

Landmark is owned by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who also own Justin Vineyards, another of our great California wineries. 


2013 'Overlook' Pinot Noir

Retail: $47.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs)

The grapes for this Pinot are hand harvested and hand sorted. The wine is fermented in separate single-vineyard lots using native yeast,  with daily manual punch downs, before being blended. Aging follows for 10 months in French oak (33% new).

Tasting Note: Intense aromas of raspberries, red cherry, with hints of cola and mahogany. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir exhibits bright acidity with flavors of red currant, orange zest and milk chocolate that is balanced with soft integrated tannins.