90 Points

James Suckling

2021 Olema Chardonnay

Chardonnay bottle


The 2021 Olema Chardonnay, made by Amici Cellars, is a blend produced from premier vineyards in California. A portion of the wine was aged in barrels for a rich, creamy texture with the remainder fermented in stainless steel which preserves the bright, vibrant fruit and crispness.

Vintage Notes

The 2021 harvest will be remembered as a harvest of rebirth and of achievement for Olema Wines. After the challenges that 2020 brought, our team was especially looking forward to this vintage. The warmer, drier winter pushed bud break earlier than usual and was followed by a dry but steady summer growing season. Harvest began in mid-August and continued steadily before ramping up in September as the heat rose across the valley. Drought conditions throughout California led to lighter crop yields; however, we are very pleased with the exceptional quality of fruit and resulting wine in the 2021 Olema Chardonnay.

Winemaking Notes

A classic California Chardonnay, the 2021 Olema Chardonnay begins with notes of honeysuckle, lychee, and wet stone on the nose. The rich and opulent palate is filled with caramelized flavors of white peach, orange peel, and cinnamon stick. This medium-bodied wine expresses complex melon flavors throughout the long, mineral-driven finish.

100% Chardonnay
13.8% abv

Olema Chardonnay Ratings


James Suckling

A minerally and appley chardonnay with apple blossom. Medium body. Creamy and textured. Drink now.

2021 Olema Chardonnay


James Suckling

Ripe apple, lemon zest, melon, vanilla and brioche on the nose. It’s full-bodied with a ripe, creamy palate, balanced by fresh acidity. Plenty of stone fruit. Drink now.

2020 Olema Chardonnay


James Suckling

Aromas of peach blossom, ripe pineapple, lemon cordial and lime pie. It’s medium-to full-bodied and satisfyingly creamy with just a touch of vanilla, balanced by bright acidity. Drink or hold.

2019 Olema Chardonnay

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