Lewis Cellars Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
Our Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay is sourced from a single rolling vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Developed for us by the Dutton Family in 1998, the site consists of 3 sloping blocks planted to three different clones – 15, Dijon 95, and Old Wente – which yield increasingly distinctive and complex fruit characters. Tangerine, citrus and sandalwood spice aromas are overlaid with a hint of honey. The wine is anchored in fragrant citrus fruits and framed nicely with toasty oak and acidity that brings great balance, integration and length to the palate.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Lewis adds to its portfolio of success in 2006 with yet another rich, wonderfully deep and highly characterful Chardonnay. This one comes with all of the extract and lavish oak shown by its siblings, and it shows a singular spark of brightness that speaks to its cool-climate origins. It is quite full-bodied but is very vital as well and never so much as hints at heaviness. It firms up at the finish and shows the kind of structure that we look for in ageworthy wines, and, as tasty as it is now, it seems destined to improve for several more years."
Wine Spectator - "Smells rich and perfumed, with intense, elegant pear, honeysuckle and honeydew melon flavors that turn sleek and refined on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2011. 400 cases made."
Lewis Cellars Winery
Former Indy Car driver Randy Lewis and his wife Debbie started Lewis Cellars in 1992. They are truly "Driven... to create world-class wines." Along with their son, Dennis, they are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution. They thrive on the challenges and the relationships cultivated in the process. It is their continuing goal to greate small lots of exciting and unique Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. View all Lewis Cellars Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.