Chardonnay Russian River Valley Sonoma County 2018
Aging:10 months in French Oak
Retail Price:￥18,000 (tax not included)
Over their twelve-year relationship, YOSHIKI and his winemaking partner, Rob Mondavi Jr., have produced vintage after vintage of incredible wines from California. During their last blending session, Yoshiki proposed a new challenge to Rob – to produce together a beautiful pinot noir and chardonnay from California that could stand alongside the best wines from Burgundy, France, which YOSHIKI had grown very fond of in recent years. Fortunately, Rob did not have to look far from his Napa Valley home and winery, for just over the Mayacamas mountain range lies the Russian River Valley, arguably the very best region in California to produce top quality chardonnays and pinot noirs.
The Russian River, the namesake of the valley that it flows through, pours into the Pacific Ocean and draws in cold ocean wind and fog which cools the surrounding vineyards. The slowly ripened grapes in this cool climate area is known for its lush fruit character, beautiful acidity, and complexity which are perfect for Y by YOSHIKI Russian River Valley series.
The pale straw color with golden hues has stunning clarity and richness, showing the wonderful color from the French oak barrel aging. Aromatics of Asian pears, yellow raspberry and honey crisp apples are central to the bouquet of this Chardonnay. The palate is greeted with a wonderful freshness and acidity with touches of yuzu, lemongrass and crisp apples. The wine has exceptional balance between fresh acidity, richness of the French oak aging and stunning fruit from the delicious Chardonnay grape.