Foggy Oaks Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
At Dry Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay has always played an important role. From the very first vintage in 1972, the varietal has contributed enormously to the success of the winery and helped to put Dry Creek Vineyard on the world wine map. Over the years, the style of Chardonnay at the winery has been approachable and balanced. The wine has a crisp acidity and often smells like apples, lemons, peaches or tropical fruits. Prudent use of oak has always been a hallmark at the winery; too much oak commonly takes over Chardonnay if the wine is fermented or aged in new barrels, or remains too long in seasoned ones.
As the second generation established a foothold at the winery during the late 1990s, Don and Kim Stare Wallace knew that the epicenter for great Chardonnay lay in the Russian River Valley. The region’s cool maritime influences and sandy, fertile soils create the ideal setting to grow world class Chardonnay. Realizing that they wanted to move their entire production of the varietal to the Russian River Valley, they set out to find a vineyard site that could match their vision to produce outstanding Chardonnay.
Beginning with the 2003 vintage, Dry Creek Vineyard’s Chardonnay production officially transitioned to 100% Russian River Valley and away from the former Sonoma County designation. Then, beginning with the 2010 vintage, the winery further narrowed its scope of production, producing a single vineyard estate bottling called Foggy Oaks. Rich and elegant are words that best describe our Dry Creek Chardonnay. Its aroma is distinct and delicate. On the palate, our Foggy Oaks Chardonnay is unmistakable because of its impeccable balance, its full body and wonderful lingering finish.