Overview

This bright and balanced wine perfectly reflects the cool-climate Russian River Valley vineyard where it was grown. Brilliant yellow-gold in color, with fresh tree and tropical fruit aromas that are highlighted by candied apple, ripe peach, pineapple, brioche, lemon oil, white flowers, and sea spray. The wine opens with gorgeous sweet apple and pineapple fruit flavors, with vanilla and honeycomb notes. A finely-textured, invigorating mouthfeel, with a generous mid-palate and medium-plus acidity, is framed by crisp fruit and subtle oak-derived flavors. Hints of herbal tea give way to flinty minerality and refreshing acidity. The complex flavors linger on the finish of this racy and lively Chardonnay.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2016
  • Varietal composition100% Chardonnay
  • AppellationRussian River Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 15 and 15, 2016
  • Release DatesJanuary 1, 2018
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.5% / 3.28 / 5.9 g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced4,201 6-packs

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2016

Critical Acclaim

"Bravium's incredibly boutique, small production wines deliver traditional, balanced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are a true gift and rarity in the state thanks to his emphasis on carefully tended and selected terroir and his dedication to the "less is more" approach."

— Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

"Readers looking for a terrific value in California Chardonnay should check out the 2016 Chardonnay Russian River Valley. With clean orchard fruits, spice, and hints of brioche, it's medium-bodied, lightly textured and graceful, with beautiful purity of fruit and length."

— Jeb Dunnuck

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