2018 Freeman "Ryo-fu" Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California (750ml)

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Winemaker Akiko Freeman calls her Chardonnay, which was served by President Obama at a State Dinner for the Japanese Prime Minister, 'Ryo-fu'. It means ‘cool breeze’ in Japanese and is an apt name for this wine that expresses a cool acidity and lightness about it (compared to most other California Chardonnays.) The grapes for this 2018 were sourced from the following vineyards in the noted percentages; 32% Keefer Ranch, 29% Heintz Ranch, 21% Black Emerald, 14% Searby and4% Mill Station. It was fermented and aged for 14 months in French oak barrels (12% new and 88% used.) We always like this wine for its fresh acidity, light use of new oak and clearly expressed apple, citrus and nutty flavors. It is on the lighter side of medium bodied and feels nice and lifted from the bright acidity with a breezy, not at all heavy or cloying finish. It strikes all the right Chardonnay flavors without being overly rich, dense or heavy. Akiko describes it thusly, "The wine shows medium straw color, with a throwback nose of matchstick, honey, ripe Gravenstein apples, and melon. The palate is tightly wound, combining strong acidity and a dense core of fruit. It will take a few years in bottle to reach its peak, but with enough aeration in the glass, everything comes together to reveal a vibrant, well-balanced Chardonnay.

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