Wine Advocate | Rating: 94As for the single vineyard wines, the 2009 Chardonnay River Block comes from a vineyard situated near the Russian River planted with old Wente and Hanzell clones. Medium to full-bodied with extraordinary minerality, abundant white peach, popcorn, pear and citrus oil notes, copious fruit, zesty acidity and a refreshing, savory style, it will provide enjoyment over the next 5-6 years.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Vivid yellow-gold. Highly perfumed aromas of orange pith, poached pear and honeydew are complicated by iodine and dusty minerals. Broad, supple and ripe, with lovely intensity to the citrus and mineral flavors. This distinctly rich but graceful chardonnay finishes with superb grip and length and resonating minerality.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2011
The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 57 bottles owned
- 21 collectors