EPISODE #37
Ad Exec Mike Pierantozzi & Russian River Chardonnay

2014 Walter Hansel RRV Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce ($39)

The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It’s a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years.

Wine Scores

Ben: 89

Scott: 90

Tom: 89

Mike: 89

Subtle aromas of jasmine flower, citrus oil, ripe apple and pear. The elegant aromatics are complemented by fresh kiwi, lemon drop and Pippin apple flavors. The fruit-focused mid-palate is followed by subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish.

Wine Scores

Ben: 86

Scott: 87

Tom: 86

Mike: 85

2015 Hartford Court RRV Chardonnay ($25) 

2014 Gary Farrell RRV Chardonnay ($33)

This vibrant Chardonnay opens with fresh, bright layers of citrus zest, lemon blossom, and green apple. Exquisite aromas of candied pear, vanilla, almond butter, and crème brulée develop as the wine rests in the glass. Tightly woven flavors of butterscotch and raw honey lend mid palate weight while being delicately balanced with invigorating natural acidity. Delightfully intense upon entry, the seamless transition from first sip to the lingering finish is effortless.

Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Scott: 88

Tom: 89

Mike: 88

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