In 1974 Sonoma’s Landmark Vineyards was founded by a group that included Damaris Deere Ford, the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, inventor of the first steel plow. Now she has a Chardonnay named after her. Pulling fruit exclusively from the cool Lakeville section of the Petaluma Gap this was aged for 15 months in French oak, just 35 percent of which was new.
The Damarias is an amalgam of soft notes of crème brulee, guava, lemon custard, lime kefir, pear, red delicious apple, with back notes of pistachio, and sweet resin. Nothing stands out as being dominant, making the success of this wine evident in the total blending and harmonious nature of these elements. It is a rather comprehensive wine and actually deserves the oft misused term “balanced.” It is fresh, clean and able to work with a variety of foods.
What’s Its SRP? $35