Russian River Ranches is a cuvée of distinct vineyard lots, each contributing its own personality to the wine. This wine is made from the Sonoma Coast appellation, which features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. This vintage blend contains fruit from our six estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers.
On the nose, Russian River Ranches is a virtual cornucopia of aromatic fruit. It opens with scents of Bosc pear and Honeycrisp apple accentuated with notes of nougat, roasted nuts, oak spice and a hint of citrus blossom. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is beautifully focused with a nice, bright acidity and balanced by a long palate structure. This vintage is refreshing and juicy with crisp, zesty flavors of lemon, green apple, barrel spice and lime that dissolve to a light, creamy mid-palate before ending with our signature citrus acidity and long, palate cleansing finish.Download Winemaker Notes
85% Oak, 15% Tank, 100% Malolactic
Free-run juice is settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine is then aged sur-lies in French Oak barrels.
The Making Of
Grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, then cooled to preserve the fruit's fresh flavors and natural acidity. Hand-sorted grapes are whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins.
Tasting wine begins well before the liquid ever touches your lips - it starts with a look, a swirl, and an intake of breath. The swirl serves to open your vintage and introduces oxygen which creates a bouquet of aromas and allows you to gauge viscosity and alcohol content. Our Russian River Ranches swirl showcases its beautiful straw coloring indicative of a well-crafted Chardonnay and opens with the aroma of pear, citrus notes, and oak spice.
Very good chardonnay. Slightly buttery with a faint apple acidic finish to keep it fresh - no oak. Apple and alchohol on the nose.
Perfectly balanced with an delightful finish. By far one of the best Chardonnays my wife and I have discovered.
Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is the go-to wine in our household when hosting friends or celebrating. Really, we can't find enough occasions to enjoy this wine.
A very good chardonnay. Slightly buttery with a faint apple finish to keep it fresh - no oak. Apple and alcohol on the nose.
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