2013 Adele, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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Press and Tasting Notes

Adele is a contender for our Chardonnay Of The Year. It comes from a 10-acre block in the well-known Vine Hill Road region of Russian River, source of some of the best Chardonnay produced in California. Kistler is not only embedded in the region, but the Vine Hill Vineyard surrounds the winery! A steal at this price and one of the ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured September 15, 2015

THE REVIEW

This may very well be the greatest steal of 2015. This is Vine Hill Road sourced fruit and undeniable quality. We can say with confidence that this is one doozy of a Chardonnay.
    You should kick yourself if you don't buy this wine by the case. It's not often you get $75 fruit for $20 bucks. Only the finest Chardonnay comes from the Vine Hill Road district and draws premier producers to the region. In fact, one of the most iconic California Chardonnay producers, Kistler, not only produces a Vine Hill cuvee, but is surrounded by the Vine Hill Vineyard itself!
    Last night I enjoyed the luscious 2013 Adele Chardonnay with pan-seared prawns in garlic and olive oil all of which were tossed in fresh angel hair pasta. A truly delicious pairing!
    The wine boasts apple, pear, hints of toasted butter and great acidity, which frame this smooth and full-bodied Chardonnay. Mild and well integrated oak allows the minerality to shine through. It's not often we get excited about a $20 Chardonnay, but this is a gift from the Russian River Valley.     
    And, just in case we minced our words and didn't already stress it enough, you'll kick yourself if you don't snatch this up by the case...or more.Read More »

Varietal

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant wines wit ... Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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