2006 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
This sumptuous wine greets you up front with toasty oak notes lifted with vibrant tropical banana and guava fruit. On the palate she's got brilliant fruit, perfectly integrated new French oak, and a kiss of butter cream, again lifted with pretty minerality and that patented Russian River Valley acidity. Notes of citrus blossom, tropical fruit, and vanilla cream increase in intensity as the finish rolls in like a wave and increases in intensity. This wine is defined by a beautiful sense of elegance and fabulous overall structure. Drink now or hold on to this wine for another 4 to 5 years.
The components for this wine come from a series of RRV single-vineyard designate wines, and all feature French oak with varying degrees of new wood. Whole cluster press and 2-day cold settling. On average, we are talking about 50% new French cooperage and about 50% malolactic fermentation.
Style: Full, Bold