An addition to the range, the 2015 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge was bottled only in magnum. The 2015 is wonderfully translucent, with striking layers of nuance and flavor buttressed by a backbone of salinity. One of the more focused, vibrant wines in this range, the Laguna Ridge is also one of the few wines in this range I would be tempted to cellar for a few years. Part of that is the magnum only format of course. Hints of smoke, dried pear and graphite add the closing shades of complexity in this deeply expressive Chardonnay. Drink 2022-2030
Sonoma Valley AVA is an appellation in California, USA. It is the oldest wine region north of San Francisco and is located on the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains, which separate it from the Napa Valley. The valley nearly touches the Russian river valley to the north-west and reaches the Sonoma portion of Carneros in the south. With steep mountains on either side there are great variations in climate and geology, which gives way to many different grape varieties and styles. The most notable varieties are Chardonnay and Zinfandel but also Cabernet and Merlot from hillside sites.