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Russian River Valley

Yupples Rating:
91 of 100
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Review Date: 
July 9, 2011

In full disclosure, this wine was provided to us by the winery.  We tried not to let that fact affect the impartiality of our review, and think we have succeded.

We did not know anything about this wine, from the Gunsalus Vineyard, and after brief research found that 2007 was the first vintage from the vineyard.  We hope that there will be more.

Color: 
Deep red
Year: 
2007
Nose: 
Nice boquet; red fruits, neither jammy nor baked
Palate: 
Soft; Nicely balanced and even throughout; Maybe needed a bit more acidity
Yupples Rating:
94 of 100
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Review Date: 
November 29, 2009

This was a fantastic example of what California Chardonnay is capable of. This wine is exceptionally well balanced with nice structure. It is not a hot chardonnay and not over oaked or overly buttery, yet still retains some creamy characteristics.

Color: 
Golden
Year: 
2007
Nose: 
Apples; citrus; some tropical fruits hinting to warmer weather
Palate: 
Nice acidity and some tannins; apple; maybe some wet mossy rock
Yupples Rating:
86 of 100
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Review Date: 
August 17, 2010

This wine was ok, nothing special or exciting about it. It starts out with nice red fruit (especially cherries), but then finishes with acidity. For my taste, a little too much wood.

Color: 
Red
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
A light wine on the nose, with a scent of alcohol and red fruit
Palate: 
Cherries and vanilla on the front of the mouth; acidity that carries through; potentially over-oaked
Yupples Rating:
86 of 100
Price Range:

This wine was ok, nothing special or exciting about it but nothing bad either.  It starts out with nice red fruit (especially cherries), but then finishes with acidity.  For my taste, a little too much wood. 

Color: 
Red
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
A light wine on the nose, with a scent of alcohol and red fruit
Palate: 
Cherries and vanilla on the front of the mouth; acidity that carries through; potentially over-oaked
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