2018 Blacksmith Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay

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2018 Blacksmith Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay

¥4,290 (incl. tax)

Fans of Blacksmith Cellars may notice the 2018 Chardonnay sports not only a new label but a different AVA. No longer from Carneros, the 2018 was sourced from 30-year-old vines growing in Kent Rosenblum’s Lone Oak Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River AVA. A summer climate that’s cool but sunny makes for Chardonnay with pure fruit, structure and fresh acidity. According to Matt Smith the wine offers “notes of apple and green melon, followed by caramel, vanilla, and oak…. wonderful breadth and medium-body, packed with Pippin apples, pears and butter toffee.” If you prefer Chardonnays that balance plump, creamy richness with fruitiness and fresh acidity, Blacksmith RRV Chardonnay delivers all the complexity of the finer wines of the region but priced for any occasion. A delight with spicy Asian fare or all manner or shellfish. 

Winery


Winery Description

Blacksmith Cellars is a 1,500 case winery that rests upon the vision, dedication and hard work of one man, Matt Smith. Passionate about both the science and art of wine, he approaches his craft in ways that seem simultaneously systematic and inspired. He makes his wines in a warehouse located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda - across the bay from San Francisco. Because he doesn’t own a patch of vineyard, he’ll make wine from whatever comes through his network of growers - or even the spot market. As a result, he’s sourced grapes from Mendocino, Alexander Valley, Oakville, Stags’ Leap, Lodi, and Monterey and has worked with a range of varieties - from the well-known (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache) to the underrated  (Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc) to the obscure (Torrontes, Malvasia Blanca, Verdelho).

Originally from Virginia, Smith was studying Chemistry at Sonoma State University in the early 19990s when he was hit by the winemaking bug. A stint at Beaulieu Vineyards was followed by an enology degree at Fresno State and then being hired as assistant winemaker to Sam Dashe, a fellow “urban winemaker” who became an important mentor. Smith struck out on his own in 2004 with an Alexander Valley Cabernet. With that first wine, Sam established his method of doing all the jobs himself: tending the vines, picking, sorting, crushing, pressing, punching down, blending and bottling. From the start, Blacksmith Cellars has received critical accolades and plenty of fans, but the need to maintain control of his process and vision has restrained any temptation to grow the winery to beyond what Smith can do solo. Happily for us, he has also resisted the temptation to raise prices. From Blacksmith Cellars we can get an artisan product - delicious, well-made wine from top appellations at an affordable price.

 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
Winery Blacksmith
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.1 x 30.0
Case Size 34.0 x 25.5 x 31.0
Alcohol 14.0%
Product Code BS18RRC
UPC 991269000064
MLF 100%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Aromas of apple and honeydew melon dance with hints of caramel and vanilla. Fresh apple and pear emerge on the palate that offers a medium-bodied texture, lively acidity, and a creamy finish.

Production


Vinification

The fruit was pressed as whole clusters. After chilling for two days, the juice was racked off the lees into oak barrels for a long and slow fermentation on Loire Valley and South African yeast. The wine aged in 60% new oak for 19 months.

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