2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay DCV Estate Block 10 Russian River Valley

Substantial, but lifted by acid and herbs

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay DCV Estate Block 10 Russian River Valley

This estate Chardonnay was partially whole-cluster pressed, and 90 percent was barrel fermented in French oak, one-quarter new. About half of the wine underwent malolactic.

It’s a substantial wine, laden with yellow fruits and heavy with barrel oak and malolactic. But the aromas are flinty, even herbal, cut by minerals and a slick of citrus oil. The body is savory and a little bitter, framed by acidity and a sense of cold steel. It has a melon finish that exits in a bite of green tea.

Serve this wine with fresh chèvre, pasta tossed with herbs, a gratin of potatoes and cheese, roasted chicken, fleshy grilled fish, cream and butter sauces.

 

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay DCV Estate Block 10 Russian River Valley

14.5% abv | $32 (sample)

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