Kalin Cellars

Cuvée LV Sonoma County Chardonnay

9.081 ratings
9.037 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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Conrad Green

Golden, soft, honeyed, slightly oxed. Classic aged kalin. Good

Golden, soft, honeyed, slightly oxed. Classic aged kalin. Good

Mar 16th, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

I have always wanted to try this guys wines. Very eccentric in his release philosophy, current vintage of the chard is 1999. On this night I got to try 3 different '95s. By far the best of the bunch was the Charles Heintz vineyard which had matured into something unrecognizable in CA chard. Great experience.

I have always wanted to try this guys wines. Very eccentric in his release philosophy, current vintage of the chard is 1999. On this night I got to try 3 different '95s. By far the best of the bunch was the Charles Heintz vineyard which had matured into something unrecognizable in CA chard. Great experience.

Oct 15th, 2017
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.3

Always a treat to check out Kalin. Somehow evolved and a baby all at once. Still wooden and yet so ready to drink.

Always a treat to check out Kalin. Somehow evolved and a baby all at once. Still wooden and yet so ready to drink.

Sep 20th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Terry Leighton is the winemaker and is quite an interesting character. Terry marches to his own drum when it comes to making and releasing his wines.His 95 Chardonnay is his current release. How many wine producers are willing to hold their wines and forgo revenue until they believe they are truly ready to enjoy?Almost none! Terry does not filter his Chardonnay. The 95 is; macerated apples, pear, quince, a touch of ripe pineapple and has just a hint of a raisinated quality. Rich lush mouthfeel, nice balance and near perfect acidity.

Terry Leighton is the winemaker and is quite an interesting character. Terry marches to his own drum when it comes to making and releasing his wines.His 95 Chardonnay is his current release. How many wine producers are willing to hold their wines and forgo revenue until they believe they are truly ready to enjoy?Almost none! Terry does not filter his Chardonnay. The 95 is; macerated apples, pear, quince, a touch of ripe pineapple and has just a hint of a raisinated quality. Rich lush mouthfeel, nice balance and near perfect acidity.

1 person found it helpfulJun 27th, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.4

Absolutely amazing that this wine drinking so nice right now. It's 20 years old and has great fruit and vibrancy. The color is this radiant green/yellow with just a hint of funky/cheesey dankness to the nose suggest some age. However, it's so fresh still with the buttery creamy notes that have transformed and blended perfectly into the baked apple.

Absolutely amazing that this wine drinking so nice right now. It's 20 years old and has great fruit and vibrancy. The color is this radiant green/yellow with just a hint of funky/cheesey dankness to the nose suggest some age. However, it's so fresh still with the buttery creamy notes that have transformed and blended perfectly into the baked apple.

Oct 22nd, 2015
Scott Kirkpatrick

1995 Vintage. Kalin Cellars in the Livermore Valley ages their wine at the estate until the deem it to be at its perfect maturity. This 20 year old Chardonnay is their current release and it is lush, yet refreshing. Slight oxidative qualities, but still so fresh.

1995 Vintage. Kalin Cellars in the Livermore Valley ages their wine at the estate until the deem it to be at its perfect maturity. This 20 year old Chardonnay is their current release and it is lush, yet refreshing. Slight oxidative qualities, but still so fresh.

Apr 26th, 2015
Christopher Olin

Not tropical. Tasty and fresh

Not tropical. Tasty and fresh

Apr 12th, 2015
Adam Rutledge

Great interpretation of California Chardonnay. Although, rich and round it possesses great acidity and length. Surprisingly it still has several years to go.

Great interpretation of California Chardonnay. Although, rich and round it possesses great acidity and length. Surprisingly it still has several years to go.

Mar 27th, 2015
Benjamin Parniuk

Vintage 1995. So youthful rotten apples but in a very good way. Tiny tiny amounts of oxidation. Perceptible oak.

Vintage 1995. So youthful rotten apples but in a very good way. Tiny tiny amounts of oxidation. Perceptible oak.

Dec 22nd, 2014
Vinny Eng

Cali Chard from Kalin, a stalwart producer! Ripping acidity, beautifully aged fruit. Werther's for grown ups!

Cali Chard from Kalin, a stalwart producer! Ripping acidity, beautifully aged fruit. Werther's for grown ups!

Dec 16th, 2014