The winemaking philosophy at Buehler Vineyards has remained unchanged since the Russian River Chardonnay was introduced in 1993. For over a decade, the winery has opted to use minimal intervention when working with delicate varietals, like Chardonnay. Winemaking techniques including sur-lie aging, lees stirring, full malolactic fermentation, and the measured use of some new French oak are employed.
Buehler’s 2015 Russian River Chardonnay was sourced from two vineyards within the Russian River appellation: Wood Vineyard, located on River Road and River Vineyard, located in the heart of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley on East Side Road. Floral, mineral and lime aromas and steely structure from the River Vineyard are complemented by peach and apricot aromas and a more fleshy structure from the Wood Vineyard. The result? Abundant floral and stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty graham cracker tones. The mouthfeel is creamy, full and velvet-textured, but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries through to a long, clean finish.
“Tilts toward tropical fruit nuances, offering a zesty, citrusy mix of tangerine, nectarine and green apple flavours, with a pithy fruit-skin texture. Drink now through 2020.”
Wine Spectator, April 2017
“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.”
Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2017