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2000

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This stylish 2000 Walker Station Chardonnay is distinguished by the distinctly layered character of the fruit. Aromas of mandarin orange, spearmint, honeysuckle, and gardenia petal mix with the enticing notes of freshly baked bread. On the palate the wine mellifluously reveals its lively, full-bodied nature: rich, luxurious, and seamless. Vibrant citrus flavors and a touch of vanilla remain as the flavors that linger on the finish. Alcohol 14.3%

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93 points Wine Spectator

“Deliciously rich and fruity, with layers of pear, fig, apricot and honeysuckle, turning smooth and creamy. Long intricate aftertaste enlivened by vibrant acidity that keeps pumping out the flavors. Drink now through 2006”
James Laube

91 points Wine Advocate

“Boasts copious quantities of tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and tremendous flavor intensity. There is good underlying acidity, so it should age nicely for 4-5 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 6 & October 26

Growing Season An early spring in the Russian River Valley set a large crop, requiring extensive work in the vineyard to manage the yield for optimum flavor intensity and richness in the grapes. Cool weather in late September and October extended the harvest providing for enhanced flavor development

Winemaking

• Hand harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts, 9 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Barrel aged 10 months, 64% new French oak, sur lies and stirred
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered, January 2002