2006 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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93 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Lewis adds to its portfolio of success in 2006 with yet another rich, wonderfully deep and highly characterful Chardonnay. This one comes with all of the extract and lavish oak shown by its siblings, and it shows a singular spark of brightness that speaks to its cool-climate origins. It is quite full-bodied but is very vital as well and never so much as hints at heaviness. It firms up at the finish and shows the kind of structure that we look for in ageworthy wines, and, as tasty as it is now, it seems destined to improve for several more years." (June 2008) A bit more mineral and snappy than the palate than the 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, the Barcaglia Lane comes from the Dutton family's rolling vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Tangerine aromas and sandalwood spice are complemented by hints of honey on the nose. Oak and acidity work in tandem to buoy the minerality and fruit in the mouth. Yum. 90 points Wine Spectator: "Smells rich and perfumed, with intense, elegant pear, honeysuckle and honeydew melon flavors that turn sleek and refined on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2011." (Web '08)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2008 | Send Email
Clyde briefly alluded to this wine’s arrival in the April issue of our newsletter and I'm so excited that it’s here! A big and full-bodied chardonnay, intensely concentrated and rich, the Barcaglia is far denser than it has been in years past and more golden in color. This vintage tastes more like the Reserve bottling from Lewis. The Barcaglia Lane comes from the Dutton family’s rolling vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Plenty of acidity is present to hold up the freshness of the fruit and oak.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.