Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: USA
Region: California
Appellation: Russian River Vly
Wine type: White
Varietals: Chardonnay
Vineyard: Sullivan, Charles Heintz and JMS vineyards
Soil: Mixture of alluvial and Goldridge soils
Viticulture: 40-year old vines trellised with vertical shoot positioning on a bi-lateral cordon.
Vinification: Barrel fermented with native yeast fermentation. 100% malolactic.
Aging: Barrel aged sur lees in 50% new French oak
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 90
The generic 2014 Chardonnay Russian River comes from the Old Wente clone, goes through full malolactic and is barrel-aged on it lees for 14 months in 40% new French oak. Plenty of apricot marmalade, white peach, honeysuckle and a touch of pear and pineapple are all present in this rather classic Russian River Chardonnay that is sexy, full-bodied and attractive.
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 92
Centered on a rich mix of toasty oak, pear, peach and nectarine flavors, this is intense without being weighty, presenting an enticing dash of butterscotch.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 93
The 2014 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is one of the highlights in this range. Exuberant, racy and yet also wonderfully balanced, the 2014 is pure class. Tropical fruit, orange blossom, French oak, mint, butter and roasted nuts give the 2014 much of its oily, voluptuous personality. This gorgeous appellation-level Chardonnay shows just how magical the combination of sites can be. Everything in this wine just works.