2016 Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

Oct 2019

Rating

96

Review

“From a site in the heart of the appellation farmed by the Martinelli family, this wine is sparkling in acidity and crisp well-defined flavors of lemon rind and green apple. It explodes in apple blossom and jasmine aromas, with lovely balanced richness and body weight, the oak lending a layering of baking spice.”

Publication

Wine Advocate

Author

Erin Brooks

Date

Apr 2019

Rating

95+

Review

“The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is whole-cluster pressed, fermented in barrel with bâtonnage and aged 19 months in 20% new French oak. Scented of apricot, lemon, almonds and honey toast, it has a core of melon and baked Golden Delicious apple with pretty floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied, notes of orange blossom and lemon segue into tangy Greek yogurt with nutty nuances and a touch of honeycomb. It's juicy in the mouth with lively acidity and a very long, savory finish with beautiful phenolic texture.”

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

May 2019

Rating

94

Review

“The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is one of the more overt wines in the range. Dense and exotic in the glass, it is rich, oily and immediately captivating. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy extroverted Chardonnays. Even with all of its richness, the Woolsey Road remains bright and nicely focused.”

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

Kim Marcus

Date

March 2019

Rating

93

Review

“Fine-edged, with crunchy green apple, ripe citrus and quince flavors, supported by zesty acidity. Toasty accents emerge on the buttery finish. Drink now through 2025.”

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2019

Rating

92

Review

“Another Russian River release, the 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard offers an exotic, complex bouquet of caramelized lemon zest, chamomile, and spice as well as a medium-bodied, round, nicely textured style on the palate. As with all of David’s wines, it has a solid spine of acidity as well as terrific balance.”