International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($48) Yellow-gold. Fresh melon, peach, smoked meat, toasty lees, iodine and white flowers on the nose, perked up by exotic Indian spices; lots going on here! Deep, chewy orchard and pit fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and underscored by brown butter, herbs and spices, with smoky lees carrying into the finish. Offers remarkable vivacity for such power and depth, and a finish that refuses to let up. For the quality, this is an absolute steal.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Offers a sturdy mix of toasty, cedary oak and ripe pear and melon flavors that are clean, complex and smooth-textured.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93There are 525 cases of the 2006 Chardonnay Charles Ranch. It possesses a slightly higher acid profile as well as more crushed rock, white currant, quince, lemon, and nectarine-like characteristics. A touch of pineapple also makes an appearance in this complex, impressively-endowed, full-bodied Chardonnay.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 92Author: Billy the Kid
Self | Rating: 92Author: Edward O88
Self | Rating: 92Author: Jam02110
Self | Rating: 94Author: cpcolliton
In 1973 Lee, Sr., Leno's son, took over management of his Uncle Tony Bondi's estate in the Russian River Valley and made his mark as a premium grape grower. He and his wife Carolyn realized the potential of their crops and started their own winery and tasting room in two converted hop barns. A chance meeting with Helen Turley in 1993 introduced a slew of progressive viticultural and cellar practices that catapulted them to the next level.
See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 103 bottles owned
- 44 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 44 collectors)