Amapola Creek

2014 Joseph Belli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay •Joseph Belli Vineyard

California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley

Offer Expired:May 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
$45.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Arrow is soul

Today’s 2014 Joseph Belli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay hails from Richard Arrowood’s Amapola Creek winery. This wine earned the adoration - and a 95 point score - from Robert Parker.

We love this creamy, fresh, bright and delicious Chardonnay from one of the wine world’s best winemakers, Dick Arrowood. The winery itself has sold out - but we have a small allocation available, exclusively for our Operatives.

Dick was one of the very first people that Agent Red met when he started Wine Spies nearly 10 years ago. Dick is a jovial, approachable and warm person whose character is reflected in the delicious wines that he crafts.

Today’s wine is very aromatic and lively on the nose, with aromas of white peach, pear, honeysuckle, acacia, nectarine, citrus, pineapple, and butterscotch.

Creamy and fresh on the palate, with flavors of lemon curd, citrus flower, white peach, pear, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, light spice, butterscotch and a subtle hint of white pepper.

Today’s Amapola 2014 Joseph Belli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay is an incredible wine. Reserve yours soon, we will sell out of this very highly recommended beauty!

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What the wine press has to say:

95 points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Mar 2016 - “The two vintages of Chardonnay I tasted come from the Jos. Belli Vineyard in Russian River. The 2014 Chardonnay Jos. Belli Vineyards is no slouch either.

Coming in at 13.9% alcohol, there are 420 cases of this wine, which has a light golden color, crushed tangerines and mandarin oranges along with white currant and possibly some quince and floral notes. The wine displays terrific fruit intensity, medium to full body, zesty acidity and a long finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years.”

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★★★★1/2 - Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat - “Striking. Generous fruit, good complexity. Notes of apple, melon and creme brulee. Bold, yet balanced. Knockout.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

Light straw yellow with perfect clarity. Tall, skinny legs form quickly on the glass wall, then meander slowly downward.

Smell:

White peach, pear, honeysuckle, acacia, nectarine, citrus, pineapple, and butterscotch.

Taste:

Lemon curd, citrus flower, white peach, pear, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, light spice, butterscotch and a subtle hint of white pepper.

Finish:

Elegant, complex and super long, with fruit flavors that last a very long time, eventually giving way to white flowers and soft spice.

Pairing:

Enjoy this superb Chardonnay with spinach fettuccine with salmon and asparagus, crab salad, grilled Jamaican jerk chicken - and so much more. This is one food-friendly wine!

What the Winery Says

Winemaster
Richard Arrowood
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vintage
2014
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Abv
13.9%
Brix
23.5°
TA
5.7 g/L
pH
3.54
Harvest Date
Sept 8, 2014
Aging
11 months
Barrels
new and seasoned French oak.

About the Winery

Offer Expired:May 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
$45.00
Avg. Price
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