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2011
Russian River Chardonnay

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Varietal Blend:
100% Chardonnay

SOIL:

This site contains alluvial river deposits that are comprised of well drained sandy soils over deep gravel beds.

TECHNIQUE:

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.

TASTING NOTES:
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 oak.
 

PRODUCTION:
4456 Cases

WINEMAKER:
Bill Parker

ALCOHOL:
14.1%

 

ACCOLADES:

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Gold Medal