This wine is a blend of three shy bearing clones of Chardonnay. Ninety percent of the wine is from the old Wente selection and 10% from Dijon clone 95. This blend is created to capture the finest expression of this site. The wine is aged on the lees for nine months and gives this wine its classic Old World character. Ripe apple, mineral, and hazelnut aromas combine with its balanced finish. It is structured for aging and will reward those with the patience to cellar this wine.
"The 2008 Chardonnay River Block (made from old Wente and Hanzell clones) is a medium to full-bodied, elegant effort displaying abundant lemon and orange blossom notes along with hints of tropical fruits, crushed rocks, and pears. This zesty, substantial Chardonnay comes close to equaling the brilliant but more backward 2007 River Block. "
The Wine Advocate
"Bright yellow. Pungent orchard fruits, flowers and minerals on the nose, with a suave smoky quality adding depth. Palate-staining pear and honeyed citrus flavors provide excellent palate coverage and repeat the smoky note. The minerality returns on the finish, which is broad, chewy and impressively long."
International Wine Cellar