Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2014

The 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a blend of our three RRV Chardonnay vineyards: El Diablo, Banfield and Ritchie. The wine is made with a modest amount of new oak to allow the fruit to take center stage. These appellation wines always offer great insight into the region as a whole for the given vintage: In 2014, the RRV experienced beautiful, moderate weather with very few heat spikes or rain events. Thus, we have a wine with great richness and silkiness, yet still possessing firm structure. Notes of brioche, yellow peach, panna cotta and white flowers greet the nose, while flavors of tangy limeade, pear nectar, lemon zest are buoyed by a savory and mouth-watering mix of acid and minerals on the finish. Peak drinking window: 2016 through 2026.

Audrey Marek, July 18, 2017
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2014