Davis Bynum 2013 Chardonnay, River West Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Davis Bynum has been producing top quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley for over four decades. They produced the very first single vineyard Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley- a 1973 Rochioli Vineyard and to this day their focus is on single vineyard wines and the unique expression they bring. The grapes for this wine come from their vineyard adjacent to the Russian River. A selection is made of the best grapes from each block in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, 30% new. 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur lie aging with plenty of bātonnage gives the wine a rich, creamy texture and layered complexity. This Chard scored 97 points in Beverage Dynamics. They said "Rich, buttery, toasty, classic Russian River Chardonnay! A bouquet of baked fruits and spices leads to a creamy texture that coats the palate with flavors of apple, pear and apricot, with a hint of vanilla/butterscotch. There is still a crisp acidity on the finish that adds great length."
At first pour we noted that it didn't have the deep amber color that many of the RRV chards possess. This drank more like a white burgundy than a typical oak heavy RRV chard. Not a bad thing, as this was a better fit for a warm summer evening.