2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
The Corkscrewer Report
Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara
The fruit for this appellation Chardonnay is sourced from a virtual smorgasbord of prestigious and iconic vineyards, including from four different Dutton blocks and four Rochioli blocks. The sum of all the parts is a very popular, high production rendition of Chardonnay that fulfills everyone’s perception of what a Russian River Chardonnay should be. Rounder, weightier and richer with flavors of pear, lemon custard and vanilla, with a warm, comforting mouthfeel enveloped in new French and Hungarian oak. Fine length, and finishes with a mineral bite for some contrapuntal complexity.