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Russian River Valley is one of THE BEST regions in the world for growing Chardonnay, and now you can get one that's less than $15 a bottle! On top of that, Buehler employs techniques that are used by others that charge more for their wines, such as lees stirring, full malolactic fermentation, and the use of some new French oak. The result is a full-bodied yet balanced Chardonnay; it displays abundant floral/ stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities. The mouth feel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish.

We re-tasted this recently and were, again, blown away by the quality in this bottle. Chardonnay from the RRV for this price? Ludicrous! But ludicrously in the favor of the wine-buying public. Spring fruits and wood spice, citrus notes, mixed florals and minerality reside in a lush, creamy mouthful of wine that cleans up with nice background acidity. This will pair perfectly with all kinds of foods and scenarios as summer enters the scene. From fruits and cheeses to fish, chicken and veggie dishes, at the pool or on the porch, back yard, bayside or mountain-bound... this is a great example of why Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape in the world.

"2018 Russian River Chardonnay is born from two vineyards within the Russian River appellation: Wood Vineyard, located on River Road and River Vineyard, located in the heart of Sonoma's Russian River Valley on East Side Road. The floral, mineral, and lime aromas and steely structure of the River Vineyard are complemented by the peach and apricot aromas and more fleshy structure of the Wood Vineyard.

Our winemaking philosophy remains the same since we first introduced the Russian River Chardonnay in 1993: less intervention is better in dealing with a delicate variety like Chardonnay. Winemaking techniques including sur-lie aging, lees stirring, full malolactic fermentation, and the measured use of some new French oak are employed to bring you this delicious rendition from Sonoma's premier Chardonnay appellation." - buehlervineyards.com
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