2016 Roth Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Hailing from the acclaimed Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County, our 2016 Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay is rich and full. The nose displays aromas of apple pie, citrus blossom and passion fruit. The palate is expressive and round with golden apple, Meyer lemon, nutmeg, Asian pear and vanilla from the oak influence. Pair this wine with steamed mussels, soft cheeses or enjoy alone.
Russian River Valley
August 19, 2016
Aged 16 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 30% new
Our Chardonnay hails from the acclaimed Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Known for its cool, foggy climate that sweeps in from the Pacific Ocean and its alluvial soils, this river valley is an idyllic site for growing Chardonnay. After harvest, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank where it was fermented with native yeast and then racked to French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. After 16 months in barrel (30% new) with regular lees stirring, the wine was bottled.
The 2016 vintage in Russian River Valley was marked by high quality fruit and an earlier than average harvest. The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the Chalk Hill and Russian River Valley AVAs. An early start to the growing season was followed by warm temperatures throughout the spring and summer. This resulted in even ripening and balanced flavor development with the fruit coming into the winery on August 19, 2016.