B.R. Cohn Russian River Valley Chardonnay

B.R. Cohn 2015 Russian River Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay ($21.99)


This clear, straw-color wine’s fresh-fruit aromas start with nectarines and pears, a whiff of tangerine, and a subtle back note of oak that plays as a spice without dominating. Bright and freshly acidic on the palate, medium-bodied green-apple flavors joining the chorus with a touch of citrus. It’s dry and appropriately acidic, with a snappy, food-friendly finish. The label claims 14.5% alcohol, but I don’t get a hint of alcoholic heat. Very pleasant, appealing and balanced. (Sept. 26, 2019)

FOOD MATCH: The winery suggests enjoying it as an aperitif or serving it with salads, seafood, and other light fare. I enjoyed it for sipping alone with paper-thin slices of Parmigiano Reggiano alongside.

WHEN TO DRINK: It’s drinking very well now, and with the taint-free Diam cork, it should hold up nicely for a few more years.

I paid a few bucks above Wine-Searcher.com’s $18 average retail, but it’s an above-average California Chardonnay at this price point; I’d buy it again.

Here’s a winery fact sheet on the 2016 silver label Chardonnay.

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