2014 Banshee "Bohemian Vineyard" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1245894 92 points Vinous

 Banshee's 2014 Chardonnay Bohemian Vineyard is rich, oily and unctuous for a wine of its size. Apricot pit, peach, honey, chamomile, white flowers and lightly tropical notes are accented by a touch of added richness from a bit of botrytis that was present at harvest. Orchard fruit, flowers and white pepper add aromatic presence as the wine opens up. The 2014 tapers off just a touch on the finish. Otherwise, this is a fine showing. Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson make restrained, delicate Chardonnays and Pinots from top vineyards sites in Sonoma at Banshee, a project headed by Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler and Steve Graf. (AG)  (1/2016)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2016 | Send Email
A very elegantly rich wine. Balance is the theme behind this bottling. The fruit steals the show, with apples & stone fruits and a distinguishable floral character. My personal favorite Chardonnay bottling from Banshee Wines.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
You need to confess. Mother, you've killed a man! Why, I ask? Why get swept up in this RHAPSODY of rage. It seems pointless, especially when you could have been drinking this BOHEMIAN Chardonnay from Banshee. This wine is as rich as the estate of a certain Mr. Mercury, with its oily texture, balance of peach and nectarine fruit, and floral aromatics. Yes, mother, this wine is all you need, and if you will buy it, I shall finally concede and call you by your preferred nickname: GALILEO FIGERO!

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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.

United States

- 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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1