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1995

Chardonnay

Kunde Vineyard
Sonoma Valley

Accents of tart green apple, ripe pear, mineral and citrus notes in an initially compact style. The vibrant fruit flavors fan broadly on the finish and continue to crescendo like an explosion in the mouth. Very long with lots of elegance and finesse. Worthy of several years of cellaring.

 

Harvest Date September 28

Growing Season Excellent climatic conditions throughout the summer growing season; moderate temperatures, no precipitation. Two late season blasts of hot, dry, Indian-summer winds struck the vineyards in the midst of fruit maturation. This provoked a dehydration response in most vineyards and some vineyards succumbed. The Kunde vineyard, however, is very deep rooted. The plants endured the assault allowing a pick under peak weather conditions, late in the season.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct-to-press
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeast, 2 to 7 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation
• Barrel aged 9 months, 38% new French oak, sur-lies and stirred
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled September 1996