94pts Jeb Dunnuck
Readers looking for a classic Russian River Chardonnay that has the textbook richness of the appellation yet stays fresh and vibrant will love the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley. Coming from a mix of the single vineyards and aged 8 months in French oak, its lighter gold color is followed by a great nose of buttered pineapple, tart citrus, white flowers, and a kiss of honeysuckle. It's aromatic, has great purity, is medium-bodied, and finishes with bright acidity. In short, it's a terrific Chardonnay that will evolve for 5-7 years.
The 2018 Chardonnay Estate, a blend of several parcels across the property, is a terrific introduction to these wines. Lemon oil, white flowers, almonds, sage and mint give the 2018 lovely aromatic nuance to match its mid-weight, gracious personality. Drinking window: 2020 - 2026
This straw-yellow wine has a concentrated aroma of ripe apple, apricot, vanilla, and a touch of spice. The rich apple flavors and crisp acidity combine with a hint of hazelnut for a long, balanced finish. As most know, those with the patience to cellar this wine will be rewarded.
Pair this wine alongside grilled chicken, lobster, crab cakes, linguine with white clam sauce.