2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Orsi Vineyard
California: Russian River Valley
Very round and voluptuous, especially as the wine warms slightly in the glass, this fleshy, bright and complex wine is a lovely treat for any fan of more complex Chardonnay.
Bold, full on the palate and loaded with flavor, today’s wine reminds us of the Chardonnays of Rombauer, Pahlmeyer, or Far Niente - at a far lower price. Especially when you consider today’s Buy One, Get One price.
Today’s 2010 VML Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay is lush, full on the palate and loaded with flavor, all wrapped lovingly inside a velvet smooth container of soft fleshiness. Where a Rombauer may present a little too much oak for some people, this wine really holds the oak in great balance.
A real treat, today’s wine is offered to our white wine fans with our heartiest recommendation. Especially at today’s Buy One, Get One for $0.07 price!
Lovely light golden hues with perfect clarity and even coloration from the heart of the wine to the edge of the glass.
Lush and layered with Golden Delicious apple, green apple, orange blossom, hazelnut, comice pear, vanilla and creamed honey.
Soft and round with flavors of Meyer lemon, lemon curd, bosc pear, Granny Smith apple, crème brûlée and hints of mineral and tropical fruit, particularly at the end.
Very long, dynamic and filled with flavor, this wine leads with sweet and tart fruits that gradually give way to vanilla, flinty mineral and mixed tropical fruits that sustain to the very end.
Enjoy this wine with Agent Red’s all time favorite dish from Bon Appetit Magazine, the delicious Roasted Chili Citrus Chicken Thighs with Mixed Olives and Potatoes (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/10/roasted_chili_citrus_chicken_thighs_with_mixed_olives_and_potatoes#ixzz2RtqmkBMl. When he cooks this dish, he uses organic, free-range chicken breasts for more delightful and white wine-friendly flavors.
What the Winery Says
- 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
- This classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay mainly hails from the Orsi Vineyard on Eastside Road in Healdsburg. This vineyard and the “See” Chardonnay clone planted there exhibit consistent characteristics of fresh Gravenstein apple, crisp acidity and crushed whet stones from the complex minerality from the rock and fossil components found in the soil. Honey, Elberta peaches, oak spice and cooked pears leap from the glass. Candied apple, orange blossoms, creme brulee, roasted hazelnut. Bosc Pear, and Meyer Lemon zest glide across the mid-palate leading to a refreshing finish that seems to never dissipate. Perfectly paired with panko crusted pan-fried abalone with beurre blanc.
- 91 Points, Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
- Virginia Marie Lambrix 2010 Chardonnay, Limited Release, Russian River Valley. Silky smooth and rich with lush texture, ripe fruit and a core of good acidity; long, elegant and nicely balanced.
About the Winery
Early in winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix’s career, the Russian River Valley served as her laboratory for developing an interest in the fruit and farming there. While winemaker and viticulture specialist for Truett Hurst in the Dry Creek Valley, Virginia expressed her fascination by making a little Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The label distinction was made by using her initials, VML. After convincing one of her partners, Phil Hurst, to take a walk through some of the Russian River Valley vineyards she was familiar with, the notion of getting more deeply entrenched in the region came to pass.
As fate would have it, Bill Hambrecht, longtime Russian River Valley grape grower and vintner, was looking to breathe new energy into both his vineyards and winery in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley. The joining the team at Truett Hurst and these stellar properties was the foundation of VML Winery in the spring of 2011.
VML’s Single Vineyard series wines are meant to capture the imagination by highlighting unique and beautiful pieces of terroir within the Russian River Valley. Virginia explains that the beauty of wines from the Russian River Valley is how they reflect the specific vineyard sites. The winemaker should stay out of the way of what the terroir expresses – guiding the fruit and resisting the temptation to manipulate the wines. The wines at VML let the vineyard sources speak for themselves. Despite the trend to tone down Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, a force of nature in our vineyards delivers wines that are big, bold, and full flavored.
Winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix
While on vacation in South Africa, Virginia Lambrix tasted her first “serious wine.” Captured always by a love of nature and the out-of-doors, she determined it was time to learn about the art of the vineyard – viticulture. Within a year, Virginia was studying horticulture and agronomy in the master’s program at the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis on viticulture and enology. Upon graduation, she worked at the Hendry Ranch in Napa, and for Concha y Toro in Chile.
In 2004, Virginia visited a biodynamic farm in Chile. It was immediately clear to her that the biodynamic principles of respecting nature and nurturing ecology within the vineyard made sense in both a scientific framework and on an intuitive level. She embraced the philosophy and made a point to study and implement its principles at every opportunity. With this knowledge, she returned to work in California for Lynmar and De Loach Vineyards, both of which are in the Russian River Valley.
During her three years at De Loach Vineyards, Virginia worked closely with her growers, moving their vineyards to more sustainable farming methodologies and, in the process, improving quality and moderating farming costs. Her mentor at De Loach, Greg La Follette, taught her to understand both vineyards and winemaking at an intuitive level.
Working side-by-side with winemakers Hugh Chappelle at Lynmar Estate and Greg La Follette, Virginia couldn’t help but follow their winemaking with interest and in 2008 she began making wine for Truett Hurst Winery. Bringing her former background in the Russian River Valley to the attention of the Truett Hurst team, she added Russian River Valley wines to the winery’s portfolio.
Today, she oversees winemaking for Truett Hurst wines in Dry Creek Valley, VML Winery in Russian River Valley, as well as the Bradford Mountain and Healdsburg Ranches brands.
Virginia is a strong advocate for alternative agriculture. She is currently on the Demeter Board for education on biodynamic farming, with the goal of developing educational resources for farmers who are pursuing this approach to farming.