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2003

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Walker Station Vineyard produces our most limited chardonnay, available exclusively to the mailing list and a few handpicked restaurants around the country. Tropical floral notes and lemon zest on the nose lead to an elegant, structured palate of yellow and green apple layered with hints of almond, mandarin orange and yeasty bread. A touch of white pepper marks a racy finish. Alcohol 14.6%

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96 points Wine Spectator

“Rich and sophisticated, with seamless tiers of ripe and creamy fig, apricot and pear flavors enlivened by acidity.”
James Laube

92 points Wine Advocate

“The 2003 Chardonnay Walker Station reveals more white currant, peach, and tangerine characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, layered personality. With well-integrated wood as well as a creamy, vanilla, egg custard sort of texture, this subtle but powerful beauty should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 23

Growing Season The Russian River Valley experienced unusual cooling and warming trends throughout the growing season of 2003, calling for meticulous work in the vineyard from spring to fall. Careful attention to the vines, combined with generous amounts of sunlight over the long days of summer, reaped fruit of complexity and intensity.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster press, cold
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 10 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels; 8 months to completion
• Barrel aged 15 months, 75% new French oak, sur lies and stirred
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled January 2004