Posts Tagged Russian River Valley

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Estate Block 10, RRV

A brilliant, clear straw color. Aromas of plump honeydew, apple, and ripe pear are enhanced by notes of vanilla and baking spices. In the mouth, the fruit plays off of the juicy acidity, while the clove and nutmeg spices gain focus. All this leads... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

The wine sparkles with a deep, golden straw color in the glass. Lush scents of buttered, spiced apple, citrus, and fleshy tropical fruits provide a pleasant preamble for the palate-pleasing flavors unleashed upon first sip. Juicy and mouth-watering... Read more

2014 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

There is a sense of depth to the deep straw color in the glass. Enticing aromas of butter-tinged vanilla, lemon curd, and peach waft from the glass, already knitting together nicely. Wisps of smoke and fennel poke through with a bit more aeration.... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Vagon Rouge’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tightly wound and reluctant to release, we recommend a splash decanting before drinking this wine. Do that, and you’re in for a real treat as it reveals its deep, dark, fleshy black fruits, particularly black cherry and black plum. The wine fills... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, ‘The Flyer,” Russian River Valley

From Susanna’s Vineyard, using a combination of Calera, Dehlinger Swan, and Quail Hill Vineyard Swan clones. This red is pretty in the glass, with a bright ruby flashiness. High-toned oak scents of clove and peppermint play counterpoint to dark... Read more

2013 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

Refined and eminently drinkable, this is a rich and buttery — but not too buttery — wine that showcases notes of tropical fruit, clove and minerals. Beautifully balanced and not at all heavy handed, it would be a perfect companion to pork chops,... Read more

2013 MacPhail Lakeview Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Expressive of the Dijon clones of the grapevines, this floral wine has an initial bright strawberry puree impression that gives way to terroir, vanillin oak, red raspberry and red cherry. Light and bright in the mouth, it would be perfect at a... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine was barrel fermented, and then spent eight months in French oak barrels, a third of which were being filled for the first time. Yet there’s nary a hint of oak in the aromas or flavors of this fruit-forward wine. Rather, it shows off... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There is no question that this is a New World Pinot Noir, as the assertive, almost sweet fruit flavors dominate the nose and the palate. Think: purple plum, blackberry and cherry pie. There are some subtle chocolate, root beer and mocha notes in the... Read more