Dry Creek Vineyard, Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) Chardonnay DCV Block 10 2019

($32):  Similar to Dry Creek Valley’s Sauvignon Blanc, their DCV Block 10 Chardonnay is a study in balance.  They manage barrel fermentation and aging judiciously so that just a wisp of oak-scented creaminess comes through, harmonizing with the fruitiness of the grape without overpowering it.  This fine example of Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay shows why that varietal remains so popular.  It avoids the pitfall of being initially impressive, but ultimately tiring on the palate.  This one is a delight to drink during the entire meal.
90 Michael Apstein Mar 30, 2021