Twelve Years Later

2019 Gehricke Chardonnay Russian River Valley $29

If you fell in love with California chardonnay before it became an overblown caricature of itself, this wine might be for you. Rich, round, and robust, it has plenty of cream and butter alongside classic chardonnay flavors and sophisticated acidity. But unlike so many contemporary examples, the elements are in balance with one another, none getting too bombastic or lopsided. Though gregarious indeed, it does not shout, nor needs to. 90 points (Sample)