Compare at: $65-$110 (price for the same wine under its original label)
Multiple 94+ ratings from well-known publications
The 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay comes from three of the oldest vineyards in the Green Valley area of Sonoma County’s Russian River Appellation, which is one of California’s most celebrated sources of Burgundian varietals. Excellent conditions throughout the 2018 season allowed the grapes to mature slowly picking up fresh fruit flavors of apricot, nectarine and lemon zest while they maintained their crisp, natural acidity. In addition to giving the wine a refreshing finish, it’s structure also delivers a lightness on the palate that will make this your go-to white wine.
Best paired with: Your last Zoom call of the day; maybe in your coffee mug to give the allure of "I'm having a late afternoon caffeine-fix so I can power through until 7pm" vibe.
Let's say that it wasn't 2020 and EVERY restaurant in America wasn't shut down, and you were going to a not-to-be-named 2-Michelin starred restaurant. You might then peruse the wine list and ask the Somm to pair something with your Atlantic Halibut. She tells you that the '90 Montrachet is one of kind, though you're not quite ready to part with a house payment to make it your own. She then recommends a special Russian River Chardonnay from an exclusive Sonoma winery. $110 seems like steal and you pat yourself on the back for showing real restraint.
But we are in 2020 and restaurants were closed for months. This wine had no place to go. We made a connection with the owner and picked up a small parcel of this wine along with its brother, the Russian River Pinot Noir, and we're happy to bring it to you at a steep discount.
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay - AVA: Russian River Valley (Green Valley area) - ABV: 14.1% - Drinking window: 2020-2030 - Comparable price: $65 - $110