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2002

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This stylish vintage is distinguished by its complex layers of citrus fruit. The nose boasts aromas of Lime, spearmint, honeysuckle, and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and rich and shows luxurious citrus flavors with a touch of vanilla and a nice, lengthy buttery finish. Alcohol 14.7%.

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93 points Wine Advocate

“The gorgeous 2002 Chardonnay Walker Station Vineyard is an opulent, viscous, fruit-driven monster offering up notes of oregano intermixed with intense orange marmalade, peach, and apricot scents. It is an intense, full-throttle Chardonnay from a cool micro-climate. Drink it during its first 7-8 years of life.”
Robert Parker Jr.

88 points Wine Spectator

“Rich, complex and concentrated, with a deep core of ripe fig, apricot, melon and smoky oak combining to give this a rich mouthfeel and a long, lingering aftertaste, with a touch of marshmallow. Drink now”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 29 – November 2

Growing Season A cold spring which resulted in late bud break, followed by a relatively warm summer, produced concentrated, big-style wines. Additionally, much work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped to further optimize flavor intensity and richness in the grapes.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster press
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 9 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels; 9 months to completion
• Barrel aged 15 months, 75% new French oak, sur lies and stirred
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled January 2004