Davis Bynum 2014 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, 34% new. 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur lie aging with plenty of bātonnage gives the wine a rich, creamy texture and layered complexity. Among other accolades this wine scored 94 points in the Ultimate Wine Challenge who called it "Excellent" and "Highly Recommended". They said "A benchmark in the California Chardonnay style, this wine has bursting aromas toasted hazelnut, lemon skin, vanilla bean, and tart apple. The orchard-esque flavors continue on the palate which has great acidity and impressive richness."