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I am more excited about our lineup of 2014 chardonnays than any previous vintage and I struggle particularly to recall a ner vintage of the RRV bottling than our new 2014 offering. No hype - the wine is that exciting. A quick look at its vineyard make-up reveals its pedigree, these are special and proven vineyards. As be ts this bottling, it's open for business on release and does not require aging. Make no mistake though, it has the density of avor and deep intensity to improve in bottle for ve years. It's a pulsating livewire of a wine lled with rich, creamy layers of fruit backed up by pinpoint vibrant acidity. The deep, deep intensity of avor sets the wine apart. The dominant avor is that of citrus oil, like a distillation of lemon and lime - zest and juice - just beautiful. The wine delivers at the designate level and is both more powerful and offers greater intensity than its wonderful 2013 predecessor, which is a bold statement. I sense there's power and depth still held in reserve that will emerge with time, but there's enough focused acidity and brisk salinity to keep the wine in check. It's even more dramatic from a partial, recorked bottle the following day.
Crystalline aromatic purity with white peach, nectarine and pear fruit alongside lemongrass, int and mineral notes. Powerful driving palate unfolds. Citrus oil, lemon zest and fresh lime juice then ripe stone fruits and almond. Great underlying richness and breadth. Complex savory notes build - celery and sage, beeswax and a smoky intiness. Deep avors linger on the lively persistent nish. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees to allow the natural texture to come forth and drink between 2016 and 2020.
Wine SpectatorZeros in on a tight beam of green apple, citrus, pear and quince flavors, framed by tight, smoky, toasty oak. Packed with flavor without becoming overstuffed. Drink now. 4,300 cases made.