2016 Flanagan Russian River Chardonnay | Riley's Rows | Winestyr
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2016 Flanagan Russian River Chardonnay

$49
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Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA

By: Riley's Rows

In: Windsor, CA

750mL / 14.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

If California had its vineyards classified into a Grand Cru, Premier Cru status there would be no doubt of Ritchie Vineyard's worthiness of the top tier. Paired alongside Platt Vineyard and Bacigalupi Vineyard grapes, Eric Flanagan has produced a refined, elegant, and powerful Chardonnay that is built for the long term.

What We Love

  • Acclaimed vineyard sourcing
  • Cellar worthy
  • 90 pts Wine Enthusiast

Just a stunning, top-tier Chardonnay from some incredible vineyard sites

Experience

In 1999, Eric Flanagan finally made his love of wine official by purchasing 40 acres on Bennett Mountain and planting his first vineyard along with his family. Naturally, winemaking became a family affair as evidenced by his daughter Riley and her own brand, Riley's Rows, which is a Winestyr member favorite.

Winery

Riley Flanagan planted her first grapevine when she was just two years old with the help of her father, Eric. From that moment on, her desire to make wine has fueled her efforts to become a winemaker who "produces great wines, made with integrity, at an accessible price." The name, "Riley's Rows," is a heartfelt reference to the vines she planted with her father many years ago, and with her current releases, she is excited to share the first ever bottling of wine made from those very plants. We had the opportunity to meet Riley, and are beyond impressed with her command of the very difficult art of wine-making at a very young age. We expect her name to be a presence in the industry for a long time to come, and are proud to be a part of this stage in her journey.

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