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2011 Chardonnay

2011 Chardonnay

About this Wine


Tin Roof 2011 Chardonnay was produced from grapes primarily grown on California’s Central Coast. Chardonnay does best in cool-climate regions where it can ripen slowly and evenly, developing rich flavors while retaining healthy levels of acidity.


Boldly flavored, smoothly textured and unusually complex, Tin Roof wines are designed to please wine lovers seeking distinctive varietal character. Our 2011 Chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to preserve its bright fruit flavors, with a significant portion undergoing malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging to foster a creamier texture and richer flavors.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Chardonnay displays fresh apple and peach aromas with a hint of vanilla on the nose. The wine’s broad, mouth-filling palate offers notes of Fuji apple, quince and crème brulee. This Chardonnay is a fabulous accompaniment to fish and chicken dishes, game birds, pork and cream sauce pastas.

Wine Specs

Growing Region:
Arroyo Seco, Sacramento Delta
Stainless steel
Oak Aging:
5 months sur lie on French & American oak
0.66g per 100ml

Current Vintage Accolades - 2011

3-1/2 Stars, Wine of the Week / Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“A tasty, aromatic chardonnay. Creamy, with notes of apple, citrus, toast and crisp acidity. Balanced. Uncomplicated. A budget-savvy pick.”

Sacramento Bee

“Pleasantly soft, with hints of apple and pear and a fleeting complexity from five months of sur-lie aging.”

Sante Magazine

“Aromatic nose of apricot, apple and ripe stone fruit. A nice acidity on the palate, with flavors of sun dried peach, apples, and vanilla. This is a very nice wine.”

3+ Stars / Spirit of Wine

“Rounder and more aromatic than anticipated, bringing soft vanilla peach compote to mind. Gentle wisps of sweet cream come to the fore, initiating a soft, mouth-filling close. Surprising depth and resiliency, creating a stunning best value at its attractive price point.”

86 Points / Intoxicology Report

“Soft on the palate, vaguely leesy and slightly sweet; the nose is floral, the palate touched with apple peel, grilled pineapple and creamy vanilla to finish.”

83 Points / Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Chixs

“This wine displays fresh apple and peach aromas with a hint of vanilla on the nose. The wine’s broad, mouth-filling palate offers notes of Fuji apple, quince and crème brulee.”


“Inviting, delicate burnt butter aroma with notes of pineapple, apricot and honeysuckle; big, fruity and lightly oaky on the palate, with pleasant mouth feel and pear/citrus flavors.”

Naked Vine

“The fragrance and flavors are largely apple and peach, with a strong shot of vanilla on the palate. There’s some woodiness and buttery, creamy flavors but thankfully not too much of either.”


“Aromas of apple and caramel flan are comforting...the wine is round in the mouth, where it picks up some butter and spice flavors. A decent quaff at its price point.”


“Pleasant acidity along with lively apple and peach flavors.”

86 Points

California State Fair Wine Competition

Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal

Sunset International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal

Dallas Morning News Wine Competition