2015 Buehler Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1315898 Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is sourced from the Wood Vineyard along the appellation's Eastside Road, a relatively warm location that adds rich lemon chiffon and graham cracker to the whole. Creamy and velvety on the palate, it remains lush on the finish, tasting of baked peach pie. (VB)  (9/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Tilts toward tropical fruit nuances, offering a zesty, citrusy mix of tangerine, nectarine and green apple flavors, with a pithy fruit-skin texture. Drink now through 2020. (JL)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Buehler is one of our favorite family-owned, family-run wineries in the Russian River Valley. It’s unassuming and fun — all Buehler does is make good wines that are affordable. Robert Parker has repeatedly mentioned Buehler as one of the best values in California and they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. Now on their fourth generation, the Buehler family continues to crank out great wine after great wine. The 2015 Buehler Russian River Valley Chardonnay comes from two vineyards: the Wood Vineyard located on River Road and the River Vineyard located in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley on Eastside Road. The Wood Vineyard is known for adding peach and apricot flavors and aromas and giving a fleshier feel to the wine, while the River Vineyard adds a floral quality, mineral and lime notes and a steely quality. Some French oak is used on this wine. The 2015 Buehler Russian River Chardonnay is a quintessential California Chardonnay. It has exotic fruit notes and also stone fruit and zesty mineral notes. Citrus and peach aromas emerge with a rich palate buffered by nice acidity and graham cracker notes. The mouth feel is creamy and rich with a long, lush finish. A fine foil for roast chicken.

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
Rich, creamy CA Chard with a bright pop of Russian River Fruit. hard to beat, especially at this price.

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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.


- 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.
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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.