2011 Joseph Swan "Kent the Younger" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1137723 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (9/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (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.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/6/2013  | Send Email
A solid Chard. Balanced, with great acidity, lime blossom, and a whisp of vanilla.

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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.
Sub-Region:

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