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Winemaker Michael Browne, formerly of Kosta Browne, released his inaugural wines under the CHEV label in 2020. The initial wines were a 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
Browne bought Russian Hill Estate in Windsor and revamped the vineyard and tasting room (opening in mid-2021).
The wines are allocated through a mailing list.
2019 CHEV Oregon Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $80. Fermented in 80% stainless steel open-tops and 20% in concrete open-tops. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A complex nose offers aromas of black cherry, blackberry, baking spice, forest path and toasty oak. Discreetly concentrated core of black cherry, purple berry and spice flavors framed by integrated tannins. A tad boisterous by Oregon standards with exceptional mid-palate intensity and generous finish. Score: 92. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »
2019 CHEV Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., $80. Fermented in 75% stainless steel open-tops and 25% in concrete open-tops. 5% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels 44% new (5% aged in concrete tank). · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose opens slowly to reveal aromas of dark red and black berry fruits. Refined and silky on the palate, with a mid-weight array of dark cherry and berry flavors. A solid wine that requires time to share its charms. Nicely balanced with no alcoholic warmth, a compliment of supportive tannins and an black cherry driven finish. Score: 93. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »