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2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay


I really wasn’t in the mood to blog tonight, but when I opened and tasted the 2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay I just had to sit down and pound out  a few paragraphs!

I must admit that I’m a RRV chardonnay honk, as I much prefer the characteristics that come out of this AVA’s best vineyards over her sometimes more heralded Napa and Carneros bretheren.  However, I’ve had more than my fair share of really bad RRV chards before too. Read More

2007 Girard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

2007 Girard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley:

When chardonnay stays away from the heat of the Napa Valley it retains an entirely different character. Acidity, oak, and fruit harmonize into a beautiful example of why the Russian River Valley is arguably the most important region for this varietal in the United States. Read More

Points vs. Preference While Wine Shopping

I was sitting around our dinner table on Thursday, sharing a couple different wines with my wife Karla and our friend Carol. In front of us was a chardonnay from South Australia, a cabernet franc from Oregon’s Columbia River, and a chenin blanc from Clarksburg.

Analyzing the qualities of all three, clearly the chardonnay expressed the most character, expression of place, length, and purity of fruit. The others were also very good wines, but were not quite as well rounded as was the chardonnay. The chard also scored the highest by a major “wine advocate”.

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