Landmark Vineyards was founded in 1974 in Windsor, California. In 1989, Damaris Deere Ford, became sole proprietor and relocated the winery to Sonoma Valley. Ford is a descendant of John Deere, founder of the world's largest tractor manufacturer. Landmark Vineyards is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in Sonoma Valley. In 1993, world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley was hired to work with former winemaker, Eric Stern. Landmark Vineyard's mission is "to make great wines that enhance the joy of life." Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of Sonoma County's winegrowing regions.
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Baked plum, underripe raspberry and cola aromas meet with roasted meats, strong fennel, composting flowers and pencil shavings on the complex nose of this appellation blend. The palate is just as hearty, with thyme, anise, marjoram and Indian spice giving depth to the rounded
Wine Spectator 90 "Alluring aromas of smoky, toasty oak and rich flavors of fig, apricot and melon give this an appealing, drink-me-now character. Drink now."~JL "On the nose, the wine features notes of Meyer lemon tarte, marzipan, toasted almonds, Asian pear, honeysuckle and a hint of
Wine and Spirits 89 "Sourced from more than 20 vineyards throughout Sonoma County (with a bit of Bien Nacido fruit from Santa Barbara sneaking in), this is balanced between toasty lees, ripe mandarin-scented fruit and some discreet spice from oak. It’s generous and polished, a lobster wine par
Robert Parker 90 "The least expensive white is the 2012 Chardonnay Overlook, a cross-California blend of fruit with 83% from Sonoma, 11% from Monterey and 6% from Santa Barbara. A consistently delicious effort, the 2012 maintains beautiful tropical fruit and honeysuckle notes as well as a pure,
Stephen Tanzer 88 " Bright gold. Aromas of dried pit fruits, melon, honey, tarragon and white flowers. Warm and fleshy on the palate, offering pliant, ginger-accented peach, honeydew and poached pear flavors. Very fruity, with a touch of finishing warmth and lingering spiciness." Wine
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2009 Chardonnay Damaris Reserve is a beautifully layered, sumptuous wine. Ripe apricots, butterscotch, sweet spices and French oak meld together seamlessly in this impeccable, harmonious wine. The style is extroverted and racy, yet despite its richness, the Damaris avoids any
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2010 Chardonnay Overlook bursts from the glass with juicy apricots, honeysuckle, lemon and pear. Floral notes appear later, adding lift and freshness. The raciness of the cold harvest comes through beautifully in the wine’s vibrant finish. Landmark’s Overlook Chardonnay is one
Wine Advocate 89 " The medium dark ruby-colored 2009 Pinot Noir Grand Detour is an intensely fragrant, super spicy effort offering notes of incense, spice box, herbs and Chinese black tea. The distinctive, super-sized aromatics give way to a classic palate revealing flavors of black cherry and
The Pinot Report 92"Medium ruby color; bright, rich red cherry aromas with some spice notes; rich, bright red cherry flavors with spice and sweet oak notes; very silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, delicious Pinot with great balance for the table. SMART BUY!"
"The Kivelstadt Vineyard has been farmed organically since itýs planting in 1999. Aromas of plum and blackberry combine with herbal notes of rosemary and thyme in this young Syrah. The ripe tannins and velvety texture of this wine is lifted by the hint of cocoa on the long finish." ~Winery notes
Robert Parker 90 "The 2007 Pinot Noir Grand Detour exhibits a dark ruby color as well as a foresty, black cherry, and meaty-scented, Cote de Nuits-like nose. Spicy, round, and generously endowed with a velvety texture, this is a seductive style of Pinot to enjoy over the next 3-4 years. The
Wine Spectator 93"Rich, complex aromatics of fig, honeydew melon, spice and citrus are concentrated, deep and layered, well-focused and balanced, ending with a long, full finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,000 cases made." ~J.L.
Robert Parker 91 "The cuvee most likely to be encountered by readers is the 2009 Chardonnay Overlook, a blend assembled by longtime winemaker Eric Stern for proprietors Mike and Mary Colhoun. Completely accessed from Sonoma fruit (as opposed to several previous examples that came from numerous