“Jardine’s team at Flowers farms 21 acres of chardonnay on the crest of Camp Meeting Ridge, the elevations rising from 1,150 to 1,400 feet on the far Sonoma coast. The soils are based on uplifts from the Pacific seabed, pushed up by movements along the San Andreas Fault; the underground is mostly schist, shale and sandstone. The oldest vines on the property were planted by Walt and Joan Flowers in 1991. When Jardine arrived in 2010, he began to implement biodynamic practices to strengthen the expression of the place in the wine and this 2011 takes Camp Meeting Ridge to a new level. It captures the ocean mist in a savory, earthen chardonnay, its mellow richness transforming fine lees, lemon and smoky green tea scents into a harmonious wine that’s easy to drink in quantity and still delivers a lot of flavor. The acidity itself is flavorful and persistent, adding to the umami depth. Wrap yourself in a blanket on a beach night in Jenner and this wine will keep you warm.” Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Cazadero, CA—J.G.
96 Points – 2011 Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay, Wine & Spirits – December 2013,
92 Points – 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Wine Advocate – April 2013,
“The 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast), from a blend of six sites, is an unusual wine because of an exotic aromatic lift that recalls Sauvignon. Apricots, peaches, lemon, mint and savory herbs wrap around the textured, broad-shouldered finish. A vivid, striking wine, the 2010 is loaded with personality. This is an uncommonly delicious and compelling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay with more than enough structure to drink nicely for a number of years. The partially-blocked malo style adds freshness.” – Antonio Galloni
94 Points – 2010 Moon Select Chardonnay, Wine Advocate – April 2013,
“The estate’s 2010 Chardonnay Moon Select, a barrel selection from Camp Meeting Ridge, shows off a gorgeous sense of direction and pure energy. Nectarines, peaches, flowers, butter and a hint of tropical fruit all flow from a wine that is at once lush yet also wonderfully vibrant and saline. There is a level of precision that elevates the Moon Select to rarified company in this vintage.” – Antonio Galloni
93 Points – 2010 Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay, Wine Advocate – April 2013,
“The 2010 Chardonnay Camp Meeting Ridge emerges from the glass with hints of butter, dried pears and almonds, all supported by French oak. Rich, vivid and totally textured, the 2010 impresses for its fabulous overall balance and sheer class. The Meeting Ridge is done exclusively in oak, which gives the wine a level of palate presence and oiliness. The phenolic material in the fruit is tangible.” – Antonio Galloni
92 Points for Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2010,
Fresh and snappy, with vivid lemon-citrus-infused green apple and pear. Lively acidity gives this a mouthwatering vitality. Subtle oak adds aroma and texture. Drink now through 2020. 578 cases made. –James Laube – October 31, 2012
4 Stars – 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Decanter Magazine, California insert 2011,
“Fantastically opulent fruit….”
94 Points – 2009 Camp Meeting Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Wine and Spirits – October 2011,
“…roasted Hazelnut scent, given over to floral delicacy….”
94 Points – 2009 Moon Select Chardonnay, Wine Spectator – Oct. 15, 2011,
“…delightfully fragrant, rich, yet elegant….”
92 Points – 2009 Camp Meeting Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Wine Spectator – Oct 15, 2011,
“Sleek elegant… enticing….”
94 Points – 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Wine & Spirits – October 2011,
“When it comes to chardonnay, Flowers’ Sonoma Coast bottling consistently delivers a fresh, fragrant, silken, mouthwatering wine…”
2009 Wineries of the Year, Wine & Spirits - 2010
Walt and Joan Flowers retired from Moon Nursery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to pursue a second career on the far Sonoma coast. They purchased Camp Meeting Ridge in 1989 and began to plant its west-facing ridge top to chardonnay and pinot noir.
Year’s Best Chardonnay, Wine & Sprits - April 2009
2006 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay During his tenure at Flowers, from 2000 to ’08, Ross Cobb honed this chardonnay into icon of the far coast. He blended this wine from sources in the Petaluma Gap, the Russian River Valley and a significant portion from Flowers’ Camp Meeting Ridge.
Wine and Spirit Top 100 Wineries, Wine & Spirits
Joan and Walt Flowers came to Sonoma’s coast in 1989 from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their background in the nursery business gave them a different perspective on viticulture than most business people who have opted for a second career in wine.
19th Annual Restaurant Poll – Chardonnay, Wine & Spirits - April 2008
Tracking our Restaurant Poll data since 1991, we’ve watched chardonnay’s share of the most popular wines steadily decline -until this year. The variety recorded a modest increase, underscoring the notion that the market for rich whites and light whites has reached equilibrium.
19th Annual Restaurant Poll – The Restaurant Top 50, Wine & Spirits - April 2008
What will you order tonight? Today’s restaurant market for wine is the most diverse that we’ve seen in 19 years of reporting out Annual Restaurant Poll. That fact can be seen on the Top 50 list, where Champagne, Chianti, ad Italian pinot grigio have all moved into the top ten, traditional territory of Napa Valley cabernet and California chardonnay.