Russian River Chardonnay
(Retail Price $24.00)
This site contains alluvial river deposits that are
comprised of well drained sandy soils over deep gravel beds.
Harvested in small lots. The fruit is picked by hand in the cool
mornings of September and October from vineyards along the Russian River. The grapes are brought to the winery and
immediately pressed using a gentle bladder press. The freshly pressed Chardonnay juice is
settled for 24-48 hours. It is then racked off the settlings, inoculated and
then put in French and Hungarian barrels to ferment. Primary and malo-lactic
fermentations are conducted simultaneously.
Barrel aged sur lie and stirred regularly for 9 months. Bottled in August 2012 and allowed to mature
in bottle prior to release.
This wine shows butterscotch,
crisp Fuji apple, and hints of citrus along with integrated oak notes. Nicely structured with flavors of
stone fruit, papaya and pear supported by the natural acidity derived from the
grapes. The wine finishes long with undertones of tropical fruit and toasty
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Gold Medal