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Review: River Road Chardonnays, 2021 Releases

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River Street Household Vineyards is a set of uncomplicated California-appellated wines from Sonoma County winemaker Ron Rubin. Designed with affordability in thoughts, the wines span the vary of California’s wine kinds. Right now we glance solely at a trio of chardonnays, made in three totally different kinds, and all effectively underneath $20.

2020 River Street Un-Oaked Chardonnay California – Brightly fruity, virtually candy at occasions, with uncommon tropical notes that run to guava and papaya, layered atop a baked apple core. Altogether it’s a bit doughy with some pastry cream components lingering on the end, although right here a citrusy sweetness and a sharper gooseberry word each additionally linger. B / $15

2020 River Street Un-Oaked Chardonnay Reserve Sur Lie Aged California – Aged on the lees, that is fairly a extra highly effective expression of chardonnay, plump with notes of vanilla and brighter, however nonetheless baked, apple fruit. It nonetheless has the identical tart stone fruit, hints of tropical fruit, and a coconut-like gooseberry word on the again finish, however the physique is significantly fuller and creamier, with a prolonged, fruit-forward end. B+ / $17

2019 River Street Double Oaked Chardonnay – The identify refers to not twice the time in oak however slightly the usage of two kinds of oak barrels — a mix of French and American oak (which actually isn’t that uncommon). That stated, whereas this might not be “double oaked,” it’s definitely effectively oaked regardless of the way you slice it. Aggressive notes of vanilla, candied peaches, and lemon-infused pancake syrup are all effusive on the palate. Notes of pineapple and lychee come into focus because the candy, wood-heavy wine’s end emerges, however none of this ever finds a lot of a way of stability, ending up with a thud as an odd mushroom word comes into focus. So, so bizarre. C- / $17

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