2006 Russian Hill Chardonnay Gail Ann's Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 14.3%
Price at time of purchase: $32.00 (from winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Similar to the 2005, this non-malolactic Chardonnay has an attractive crisp structure. But more than the 2005, it seems to be dominated by non-fruit components: vanilla, butterscotch, cloves. There is an underlying flavor of spiced apples, but at least to my taste, there is just not enough fruit to support the structure. Good Chardonnay - just doesn't fit my favorite flavor profile. - HK 2008-11-06


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