92

James Suckling

2020 Olema Chardonnay Reserve

Chardonnay Reserve bottle

Chardonnay Reserve

The Olema Chardonnay Reserve is the result of the phenomenal vineyards we work with each year, allowing us the opportunity to make a second Chardonnay beginning in 2017. A little richer, more unctuous and forward than the Sonoma County Chardonnay, the Reserve Chardonnay is made with a little more new oak and leaps from the glass with flavors of caramelized fruit and apricot combine with vanilla and custard notes.

Vintage Notes

The 2020 vintage will always be an unforgettable year, one we’ll remember for the resilience, optimism and unfailing teamwork shown by our growers and winemakers. 2020 began with a warm, dry winter, a mild spring and a warm summer, and those beautiful conditions shine through in our 2020 Chardonnays. The clusters were able to ripen fully in the late-summer sun, with cool evenings preserving acidity until the fruit was picked in late August, prior to the wildfires that prevented us from making any red wines in 2020. The scarcity of this vintage makes it even more special, and we’re thrilled with the quality of the fruit and the resulting wine.

Winemaking Notes

The 2020 Olema Chardonnay Reserve opens with lovely aromas of yellow peach, baked apple galette and roasted grains. The juicy medium- to full-bodied palate is filled with lemon oil and luscious minerality. Finishing long and full of savory sweet brown spice, this wine has a richness and depth sure to leave your mouth watering.

Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma County
Blend
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol
13.8% abv

Olema Chardonnay Reserve Ratings

92

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 Reserve

93

James Suckling

Aromas of ripe mango, apple pie, custard and praline. It’s full-bodied and layered with crisp acidity. Generously flavored and buttery, yet tight and structured, too. Drink or hold

2019 Olema Chardonnay Reserve

91

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Chardonnay Reserve offers a richer, slightly more complex style, displaying attractive orchard fruits, toasted bread, spice, and a touch of toasted almonds on the nose. It’s medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and another well-made wine in the lineup.

2019 Olema Chardonnay Reserve


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