Mockingbird Hill Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2012
This wine is the ultimate go to summer wine. It has the perfect taste profile and an incredibly compelling price. Customers have been waiting for the return of Mockingbird’s Russian River Valley Chard and it has finally returned in grand style. It is poured at fine restaurants like the iconic Legal Sea Food and gets such tremendous feedback. 2012 is considered one of the best vintages in the Russian River Valley and this wine is an absolute winner, enjoy!!!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
2012 Mockingbird Hill RESERVE Russian River Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
REGION: Russian River Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.90%
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Value Buy!
This is a screaming value buy from a beautiful vintage in the Russian River Valley and a beautiful sip with an outstanding taste profile with generous fruit and depth of flavor. Winemaking honors go to veteran Nancy Walker for crafting this snazzy wine from some nice Russian River’s vineyards like Syaar Family and Rued. A pale yellow hue. Pleasing aromas of ripe tropical including pear and white peach with touches of vanilla and lemon zest. A refreshing palate of pear, lychee, ripe pineapple and creamy lemon with floral and vanilla notes. A delicious mouth feel and a pleasant crème brulee finish. A particularly nice food friendly wine you can enjoy with a wide range of food including shrimp, scallops, lobster stuffed with crabmeat, deviled crabs, tilapia and halibut. Enjoy now and over the next several years.
By Mockingbird Hill
Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Brand: Mockingbird Hill
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Wine Technical Data: 13.90% Alcohol, 0.69 g/100ml TA, 3.45 pH, 0.35% RS
Case Information: 3,024 cases released 6/26/13
With 22 years of winemaking experience, Nancy has honed her skills with North Coast fruit having formally been the winemaker for Fetzer and Brutocao. Heeding a minimalist winemaking ethos, Nancy crafts varietal specific wines without infringing upon the inherent aromas and flavor profiles imparted by the diverse California terroirs.
Wine Taste Profile
Flavors and aromas of fresh cut apples, juicy pears, tropical pineapple, vanilla cream soda, crème brulee, and bright acidity. Long fruit finish.
The wine is sur lees aged for 8 months with battonage (stirring the lees) for 3 months. Aged in roughly 20% new French oak barrels; 40% older French oak, and 40% stainless steel to keep the fruit bright and crisp.
This wine comes from several vineyards in the Russian River Valley, each contributing unique flavor and aroma profiles, while still showing off that inherent Russian River Valley duality of New World flavor and fruitiness combined with Old World mouth feel and palate weight. Warmer vineyard site, Syaar Family vineyard, provides New World flavors courtesy of the Rued, or Wente Clone of Chardonnay, known for imparting floral aromas and bright acidity. In the cooler zones of the valley, near Sebastopol, grapes are harvested from a vineyard nestled within ancient redwood forests known as the Walker blocks. Also surrounding the vineyard are 200 year old apple orchards, which no one has scientifically proven have an impact, but we like to think the bright green apple and tangy acidity imparting depth and length to the blend are made possible by the surrounding orchards...or at least the orchards show the grapes the way. Enjoy!
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.