Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Bravium

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

I forget what I pay for some of these new ones I’ve never had.
Opened and tasted before I looked it up. Not bad for $15.00
I was hoping I didn’t pay over $30.00
Winery notes,

Rooted in the vision of winemaker Derek Rohlffs, Bravium is a study in patience and a mindful connection between land and wine. It's all about the connection between vineyard and what goes in the glass. "Terrior is a gift." Winery note: "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."
— 3 days ago

Mandi, Stanley and 22 others liked this

Gary Farrell

Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

My last bottle of this, and the best so far. Nose has bright red berry and blackberry, with a nice loamy earthiness, and spiced sandalwood. Large-framed in the mouth, with lean, large cherry pie flavors, augmented with bright acidity. Dry and savory on the finish. — 11 days ago

Jonathan, Adam and 18 others liked this

Walter Hansel Winery

The South Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Delicious and juicy. The 2018 Hansel South Slope Pinot is a big boy that keeps on giving. A voluptuous Pinot. Really good. Hitting it up with my Coravin. — 8 days ago

Boris, Bob and 33 others liked this
Brandon Thurber

Brandon Thurber

Great QPR. Cheers!

Barham Mendelsohn

Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Partnership w/Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat. Barbara Barham & Richard Mendelsohn planted 5 acres of Pinot on Lala Panzi Ranch in the RRV. They had similar visions on Pinot’s & thus led to this partnership. Aged in predominately new Allier & Vosges wood. Aromas of berry fruits with dusty earthy nose. On the palate, berry flavors come forth with hints of tea & spice. Medium+ length, fine tannins, ending with earthy mushroom character, it was good, lost its luster, at its prime now! — 2 days ago

Eric, Jason and 3 others liked this

Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016

The chardonnay credited with turning this red wine drinker back to chardonnay. Amazingly complex with multiple layers of honey, floral, pineapple, acid, butterscotch, effervescence. Just fabulous. — 8 days ago

Shay, David and 8 others liked this
Ron R

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I agree. Excellent chard.
Randall Brater

Randall Brater

@Ron R I really disliked chard and this opened my eyes. It is so good.

Merry Edwards

Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Humming. Love this balanced medium body wine. Cherries and tartness. Bold acidity brings a certain freshness. Finish is lengthy. — 6 days ago

Tom, Shay and 13 others liked this

MacRostie

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

The 2018 ‘Russian River Valley’ Chardonnay by MacRostie is a great new value that has some good cellaring potential. The soft texture artfully combines with lemon zest and vanilla cream, with poached pear and wet stone accents. The seriously good, near minute long finish, lingers. Drink 2020-2027- 91
— a day ago

P, Neil and 19 others liked this

Williams Selyem

Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Ummm... could this be the Ali of WS? Full bodied and yet sophisticated and unassuming. Strawberries and vanilla with chocolate and wet earth and grilled meat. Finish has a pipe tobacco note that keeps going — 4 days ago

Shay, Billy and 1 other liked this

Kosta Browne

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Kirk F
9.2

Glad to find this one hiding out in the cellar this afternoon. So youthful, yet fully developed and seductive. KB never fails to bring it. Great with the grilled sockeye & strawberry balsamic redux. — 6 days ago

Shay, P and 11 others liked this

Merry Edwards

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Best domestic SB I’ve had - creamy texture but still plenty of acidic zing. Grapefruit as you would expect but wrapped up in a very complicated package. — 6 days ago

Shay, Deborah and 6 others liked this