2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
California: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
At long last, we welcome Foppoli Wines back to the fold. We first featured their wines back in 2009. We loved them then and we love them now. The Foppoli family has been making wine for the last 544 years. This is serious pedigree for a winemaking family, especially for one found in America.
Today’s 2010 Foppoli Russian River Valley Chardonnay is an unoaked delight of a wine. It begins with a soft feel and a pleasant sweetness that is not often found in a no-oak Chardonnay, and ends with a long and elegant finish that seems to go on forever. This is an unusual attribute for any Chardonnay. This depth of character is attributed to the constant stirring of the lees, imparting a great deal of character that is usually found in an oak-aged Chardonnay.
Experiment with this wine, enjoying it at various temperatures. From chiller temp to cellar temp, this wine evolves and changes as you enjoy every sip.
At today’s fantastic price, we can’t help but offer this wine to you with our fullest recommendation.
Glinting straw golden hues with perfect clarity and even coloration from core to edge.
Bright and zesty with white peach, young pear and lemongrass, with subtle star anise, brioche and lemon peel.
With a soft entry, this wine leads with flavors of lemongrass, baked apple, lemon curd, subtle tangerine pith and a hint of very subtle white pepper.
Ends with fruit that spreads across the entire palate. At the back of the palate, bright acids provide a lovely punctuation.
A wonderful porch wine to enjoy all on its own, though a fresh seafood salad would be a delightful treat.
What the Winery Says
Foppoli Wines 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
- Tasting Notes
- Considered by many to be the most premium Oakless Chardonnay made in California. Given the popularity of the 2005 vineyard designate and the 2006 Foppoli Reserve, we did not deviate from the original production methods of making this wine entirely in stainless steel, left sur lie for 85-days, and no malolactic fermentation. A method that promotes the true nature of Chardonnay fruit–kiwi, green apples, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors abound–the perfect every-day glass of wine.
- Cases Produced
About the Winery
The Foppoli family has been making boutique wines in California for nearly 100 years. In Italy, the family winemaking tradition dates back centuries. The American practice started 5 generations ago when Giuseppe Foppoli created a high end private label in a small production facility located in the North Beach section of San Francisco. Giuseppe only allowed the wine to be sold to a select list of long time customers and in the two high end private social clubs that he ran in the city.
The tradition of high end exclusivity has been passed down to Giuseppe’s great grandson Dominic Foppoli who is the current Brand Manager of Foppoli Wines. Dominic, along with his wine making father Richard, have kept the practice of making only small production lots reserved for private family use and direct sales to friends and associates. In 2002, with the addition of new vineyards on the Foppoli Family Estate in the central Russian River Valley, the Foppoli’s finally allowed a vineyard designate to be created from their excess crops. The huge public success from these designates along with the expansion of facilities on the estate finally convinced the Foppoli family to create a retail label for their wine. The 2006 Foppoli Russian River Valley Chardonnay marked the first vintage the family has ever allowed to be released to the general public. After nearly a century, the Foppoli’s hand crafted, tradition infused wine is finally available in a limited release to the general public.