2013 Joseph Swan "Kent the Younger" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1245952 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* High in acidity and well-defined minerality, this wine is also soft and velvety, with a sensibility of crushed rocks and preserved lemon. From a younger block of the famed Ritchie Vineyard, it celebrates youthful playfulness on the palate, with a long-lasting, voluptuous finish.  (4/2016)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2016 | Send Email
This bottling of Chardonnay sees only old French oak barrels, that gives it it's own unique character. The nose has that classic "swan funk", great subtle richness, with plenty of length and follow through. This is a great bottle for CA Chardonnay drinkers to get a taste of great wine, made with techniques from a traditional era at a time when oaky and buttery was just not as in season.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
I've been working in the wine and spirits industry for going on about five years now, and in that time, I've developed an inherent bias towards products with names involving people's ages. Surely, this has to do with my dis-taste for a certain hoppy brand of brew, and yet - here I am, absolutely loving KENT THE YOUNGER, and his surprisingly mature Chardonnay. Produced from the wonderful Ritchie vineyard, this is a balanced and lively wine that makes the most of its pear essence, citrus, and strong aromatics. It's creamy texture coats my mouth in the most perfect way as I ruminate on just how many more bottles of this can I afford! After a brief thought, I think I'll over-extend myself.

By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2016 | Send Email
The grapes used in the 2013 “Kent the Younger” are from younger vines in the Ritchie Vineyard, which creates a slightly more modern style wine but also some lively acidity. This Chardonnay was fermented in used oak, allowing the elegant pear, citrus and white flower characteristics to shine. I really love the spicy ginger notes that excite the taste buds. The palate on this Chardonnay has a rich, leesy character, but is balanced with zesty acidity. Delectable now, it will also be a great wine with a little age.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5