White

2018 Fairchild Estate Chardonnay Stones Russian River Perrarus Block A3

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
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CT96.3 3 reviews
2018
Label borrowed from 2017
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Label borrowed from 2017
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Label borrowed from 2017
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Label borrowed from 2017
2017

Community Tasting Notes 3

  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 24, 2021 - Nose: [48°-50°] Crisp pineapple flesh, a fresh apricot that's been split in half, lemon peel and clean wet minerals. [62°] Deep yellow pineapple and softly browned toast.

    Palate: [48°-50°] Fresh bright yellow stone fruit with a bitter pith of a pomelo, a scent of straw far in the distance and crisp river stones. A bit of earth surfaces too with some time along with some spiced bark skin on the finish. [64°] Heavier yellow fruits with notes of spiced oak and stale minerals on the finish.

    Attributes: Clear medium yellow. Dry with little to no tannin. Medium-minus to medium body with medium acidity. Good finish of at least 16-18 seconds.

    Thoughts: Similar to last time. The upkeep to keeping this fresh with a bit more push of energy is keeping this ~45°.

    Other notes: Burgundy glass. Poured one glass, left bottle in fridge ~50° (bottle acts as a decanter) for the duration of consumption of ~3 hours. Recommend serving ~45°, decant only if needed.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 27, 2021 - Nose: [56°] Macerated fresh white and yellow stone fruits (even creamy) and a very soft note of clean river stones. [60°-62°+] Lime zest, minerality like some slate with a subtle salinity note, dried shrunken shrubs and a slight crisp note of a whole pineapple (with the crown and all).

    Palate: [50°-56°] Fresh white and yellow stone fruits with lemon pith on the attack. A pleasant spice, soft bitterness of tree bark and subtle straw notes on the mid to end palate. [64°] The fruit becomes heavier with a lingering spiced mineral finish.

    Attributes: Clear medium yellow. Dry with low amounts of chewy tannin. Medium to medium-plus body with medium acidity. Good finish of at least 16-18 seconds.

    Thoughts: On the nose, this made me flinch a bit. I thought it was going to be something like the heavy California Chardonnays with heavy oak and heavy fruit and even possibly with a bit of butter but thank goodness it wasn't. The profile of this is tasty; good fruit with supporting notes of subtle bitterness and minerality on the mid-palate but stands out more on the finish. Fresh and crisp on the attack but gradually gains weights towards the finish. I wish it had a bit more acidity to keep the mid to end palate more fresh and crisp but seems to only hold that on the front end.

    Other notes: Burgundy glass. Poured one glass, left bottle (bottle itself acts as a decanter) at a cooler cellar temp ~50° for the duration of consumption of approximately 3.5 hours. Recommend serving ~46°-50° and decant for about an hour. The warmer the temp, the "heavier" this gets on both the nose and palate, not recommended.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): On the nose, you think you are in for a creamy and succulent California Chardonnay just waiting to slather your palate with lemon curd gooeyness. But surprise on you silly domestic switcheroo boy, this is a Burgundian lookalike through and through. On entry, the palate is welcomed by lemon seed and lemon juice flavors that burst from the seams and jet out all sorts of asteroidal speediness; acid, zest, tension, freshness, clarity, and purity. A Puligny-Montrachet with an extra slice of dynamism. The powerful lemon zest (NOT lemon curd) notes bring extra punch and help to keep the finish in perfect form. Style, speed, and sophistication I have not experienced from the Ritchie site before. 96-97 points.

    1 person found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type White
  • Producer Fairchild Estate
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Stones
  • Vineyard Russian River Perrarus Block A3
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 47 (28%)
  • In Cellars 111 (67%)
  • Consumed 7 (4%)

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