Expression Wines are just that – expressions of the terroir found at different latitudes along the west coast of the US. Expression 44° is Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon. Expression 39° is Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. Expression 34° is Santa Rita Hills in California’s Central Coast. And Expression 38° is the Sonoma Coast (which includes the Russian River Valley). Bill Hill developed and for the most part has subsequently sold vineyards in all these area but he continues to buy fruit from his “grown children” with which to make these wines which he feels are the very Espression of the terroir found in these sites.
A 14.3% alcohol, barrel-fermented 100% Chardonnay with full malo-lactic fermentation aged 12-months on-the-lees (with lees stirring – aka batonage) in all French oak barrels (20% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Golden yellow straw in color with well-formed legs; dry, medium-full-bodied with fresh acidity and very light phenolics. Classic, Russian River Chardonnay with spicy oak and good freshness. Ripe citrus and peach with notes of tree (apple, pear) and tropical fruit (banana, pineapple). The supple oak and bit of mushroomy earth integrate in nicely. Splits the difference between “food wine” and “cougar juice.”
Emerging from many of California and Oregon’s most esteemed vineyards, Expression continually excites with their stylish and distinct wines. Rising from the Russian Camp Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, their Expression 38° Chardonnay is already capturing national attention. As shown below, here’s how Expression stacked up against some of California’s best Chardonnay Producers who also produced 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnays.