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2012 Amapola Creek Jos. Belli Vineyards Chardonnay

ITEM 8244748 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
fred12 1 $15 $15
syw 2 of 3 $15 $30
3 $15
Item Sold Amount Date
I8244748 3 $15 May 29, 2022
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90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...gorgeous purity and texture as well as abundant notes of honeysuckle and citrus. Medium to full-bodied with a steely minerality interwoven with beautiful fruit...

90Stephen Tanzer

Poached pear, honey and tangerine on the smoky, mineral-tinged nose. Broad and fleshy on entry...vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors with subtle ginger and toasted grain flavors. Shows a supple, almost viscous character on the finish, with the ginger and mineral notes strongly repeating.


United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.


White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.