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2001

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This stylish 2001 Walker Station Chardonnay is distinguished by distinct layered character of the citrus fruit. Aromas of mandarin orange, spearmint, honeysuckle, and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine is lively, full-bodied and rich. It shows luxurious citrus flavors with a touch of vanilla and nice lengthy buttery finish. Alcohol 14.7%.

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93 points Wine Spectator

“A remarkably complex, rich and elegant wine, with tiers of creamy fig, green pear, nectarine and honeysuckle, punctuated by the scent of spearmint. Finishes with a long aftertaste. Drink now through 2007”
James Laube

91 points Wine Advocate

“The 2001 Chardonnay Walker Station Vineyard possesses crisp acidity as well as a striking liquid minerality intermixed with orange rind and white peach characteristics. Rich, textured, and medium to full-bodied, with a strong mineral character and a Burgundian-like personality, it should drink well for 5-6 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 2 & October 21

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 2003