2011 Joseph Swan "Kent the Younger" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
With only 12.5% alcohol by volume, this young-vine Chardonnay is one of the lightest, most delicate Chardonnays the winery has ever produced. But it’s not shy on flavor, delivering waves of tropical fruits, peaches, vanilla and buttered toast. Long and sweet in honey, it finishes dry and racy. Defines the new elegant style of Chardonnay.
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(made from young vines in Ritchie Vineyard): Light, bright gold. High-pitched aromas of orange, green apple and honeysuckle, with a deeper pear skin quality in the background. Sappy and precise, offering zesty citrus fruit flavors and a sexy floral quality on the back half. Fresh and focused on the finish, which shows very good energy and subtle smokiness.
Only 93 cases were bottled of this single-vineyard Chardonnay from the highly regarded Ritchie Vineyard. The "Younger" in the designation references the young vines that were sourced, which are developing finely mature grapes with low sugar levels, and the wine only sports 12.5% alcohol. From the winery: "Classic Ritchie aromatics of bright lime blossom and mineral fruit with notes of crisp apple. Bright, fresh and bold in the mouth with mouthwatering acidity. Very fresh, with a long, bright finish."