2016 Chardonnay, Hopkins River Ranch
Gold Medal - SF Chronicle
Hopkins River Ranch vineyard is owned and sustainably farmed by Bob and Toni Hopkins. Neighborhood grower-winemaker relationships like this are hidden gems and are what make small wine producers succeed with pride! The Russian River Valley AVA is famous for its ideal Chardonnay growing climate of foggy mornings, warm days and cool evenings. This release continues the classic Russian River Chardonnay story: a lovely blonde hue and aroma of crisp green apple greet you in the glass. On the palate, flavors of fresh lemon citrus and subtle oak combine and lead to a long finish boasting bright acidity and hints of toasted hazelnut. This young Chardonnay is tasting fantastic now, but additional aging will unfold hidden layers including soft nutmeg spice and a touch of crème brûlée. This wine has a lot to say!
Less than 360 cases