Soft creamy notes of apples, pears and spices envelope the senses, with added aromas of vanilla and toasty oak. This Chardonnay is very balanced and approachable with crisp fruit flavors, hints of butter and oak. This fruit-forward Chardonnay is wonderful when enjoyed with hard cheeses, beet salad or a summer risotto.
The 2013 vintage is full of deep and rich character. Although yields were lower than the generous 2012 crop, the harvest shares the same balanced flavor notes. The Russian River Valley had a long ripening season, which helped develop complex flavors within the fruit. Just a few days saw extremely hot temperatures and the season was marked by less rain than usual, allowing our winemaking team to select maturely flavored grapes for the 2013 vintage.
Cool morning fog sweeps from the Pacifi c Ocean over the Russian River Valley nearly every day. This unique climate produces diurnal swings ranging from 35˚ to 40˚F, allowing the delicate Chardonnay grapes to ripen longer on the vine. As a result, Russian River Valley Chardonnay typically sees an increase in flavor and complexity.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed to retain optimum flavor and integrity of the fruit. In addition to growing these grapes on our Estate, we acquired fruit from Hopkins, Eagan, Nakai, Wycoff, Norris and Dutton Vineyard - all which reside in the Russian River Valley. Clones: 04,14, Robert Young (17), 95,76, and Rued.
September 11th - October 5th, 2013
66% Barrel fermented with 100% French Oak (15% new) Remaining 34% tank fermented. Primary and Secondary (Malolactic) Fermentation in 59 gallon barrels