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)