At first youthful, fresh, crisp, clean and lean — then classic ripe Chardonnay aromas of honey, pear nectar and citrus blossom, softly framed by toasty, caramelized oak tones. The entry is smooth, with concentrated tastes of pear, apple and clove. The middle is a smoothly textured cascade of fruit flavors and the finish recalls fleshy, segmented pink grapefruit. A simple dish of mushrooms sautéed in butter and finished on high heat with a splash of Russian River Ranches, salt and a sprinkle of minced parsley is a superb pairing with the youthfulness of the 2002 Russian River Ranches. To really indulge, add a few drops of truffle oil just before serving. The earthy aromas and flavors of this dish bring out the luscious fruit in the wine. Russian River Ranches also pairs well with lightly smoked meats or poultry, and is a great choice for an elegant picnic wine.