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2013 Chardonnay

Russian River Valley California


The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from a mix of vineyards in the heart of the Russian River Valley along the western edges of Green Valley touching the Sonoma Coast appellation.  The variety of growing sites adds layers of ripeness, fruit flavors and complexity, in this instance producing a wine with citrus and tree fruits that are complemented by a hint of brioche and toast.  A round elegant mouth feel with perfect balance leads to a lingering finish with a touch of minerality.  Wine Enthusiast (93 points): "This is a delightfully floral and lemony-crisp wine, with a touch of creme brulee balanced between layers of citrus.  Despite the rich accent, it's light-bodied and easy to like, offering subtle complexity and a sultry, spicy finish."  13.8% SWC

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