When it comes to California Chardonnays, it’s tough to beat the product of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.  However, getting a solid Russian River Chardonnay under $20 isn’t an easy task.  The Chardonnay of Hayman & Hill is one of the few to be had under $20 that’ll please the palette of amateur and afficionado alike.  To the nose, Hayman & Hill Chardonnay has aromas of pear and pineapple which were apparent in its flavor as well.  Beyond the fruit base, this chardonnay has subtle flavorings of butter and oak, with the latter not overpowering the warm fruit flavors.  In all, we were quite pleased with this Chard, and for the price it is likely we’ll be picking up another bottle quite soon.

  • Hayman & Hill 2005 Russian River Valley Private Selection
  • Chardonnay; 13.5 abv
  • $11-$14
  • StyleCrave Rating: B

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