This wine is a blend of three shy bearing clones of Chardonnay. Sixty-five percent of the wine is from the old Wente selection and thirty-five percent is from Dijon clone 95. This blend is created to capture the finest quality of this site. The wine is aged on the lies for nine months, giving it classic old world character. It is structured for aging and will reward those with the patience to cellar this wine. The average yield in the vineyard was 2.4 tons per acre, and two hundred and twenty-five cases were produced.
"The 2010 Chardonnay River Block emerges from the glass with tangerine, citrus, mint, spices and apricots. It shows lovely depth in its aromas and flavors, with an oily mouthfeel that is undeniably appealing. The River Block is made predominantly from Wente clones, plus a selection of River Hill Chardonnay Rochioli sourced from Steve Kistler. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"On the delicate, understated side, yet rich with ripe peach, nectarine and tangerine flavors that linger, ending with a touch of crushed rock. Drink now through 2018."
"Vivid yellow. Deep, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, orange and jasmine lifted by a gingery topnote. Sappy, dense and focused, with powerful orchard fruit and spice flavors and a smoky mineral quality building with air. Opulent and palate-staining but lithe chardonnay, with a spine of minerality adding clarity and cut to the impressively long, linear finish."
International Wine Cellar