About Rodney Strong 2018 Chardonnay, Chalk Hill
In 1965, Rodney Strong was the first to plant Chardonnay in what would later be recognized as the Chalk Hill American Viticultural Area (AVA), established officially in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of the Russian River Valley for its unique, volcanically-derived, chalky white ash soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there.
This Chard is a perpetual favorite. Fermented in stainless steel, it aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new during which time they regularly stirred the lees in barrel, which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate.
This 2018 was awarded a Double Gold Medal and Champiuon of the Reserve Class in the Houston Rodeo Wine Competition.
Tasting Panel scored this 92 points saying "A bright wash of caramel apple and lemon verbena ushers in vivid aromatics and flavors. The wine is rich but impeccably balanced, with a wave of toasted marshmallow leading to powdered minerality on the finish."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 points saying "This wine offers good value and quality, along with a rich, layered touch of buttery creaminess and baking spice. While weighty in feel, it has enough underlying acidity to keep it balanced and fresh."