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Raeburn Chardonnay 2016

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Creme Brulee with a balanced and elegant finish.

This Chardonnay is hand-picked at dawn from several Russian River Valley vineyards to maintain ideal brix levels of 24º to 24.5º. Once gently pressed, 75% of the juice is fermented in French and Hungarian oak barrels. This yields an elegant layering of toasty, vanilla overtones with bright fruit flavors. The finish is graceful and sophisticated.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 90
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This lovely and lingering white impresses from start to finish, showing a wealth of pear and peach flavors within an inviting jasmine aroma. It finishes in swift teases of wild vanilla and subtle oak.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The wine-drinking world runs on creamy-styled Chardonnays. The 2016 Raeburn is a well-executed wine in this fashion. TASTING NOTES: This wine is tasty and rewarding. Its aromas and flavors of ripe apple, buttered popcorn, and appealing oak couple with a pleasingly crisp finish make it an ideal cocktail wine or a choice with a surf 'n turf meal. (Tasted: November 17, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Raeburn is an Olde English term which means “the river where one goes to drink.” So, it’s fitting that Raeburn’s expressive, beautifully balanced wines begin in the heart of the Russian River Valley where some of the world’s finest Burgundy grapes are grown.

Raeburn Winery is located on Olivet Road, a quiet country lane in the heart of Sonoma County’s famed Russian River Valley. Originally built in as an egg storage facility, Olivet was converted to a small production winery by iconic Sonoma County vintner, Cecil DeLoach, in 2000. The winery was then purchased by wine and spirits innovator, Derek Benham, in January 2005 and has since become Raeburn’s home

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Russian River Valley Wine

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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