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2005

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This vineyard once again produced a small quantity of beautiful, terroir-driven chardonnay exhibiting characteristic richness, elegance and minerality in balance. Inviting aromas of citrus oil, honeysuckle, pear and white flowers enliven the senses and prepare the palate for the silky, seamless, layers of vibrant apple, fig and almond that follow. Notes of wet stone accent a long, honeyed finish. Alcohol 14.5%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Light gold color with greenish undertones, followed by caramelized apricot, poached pear, and roasted nut-like aromas. This impressive, pure, rich, medium to full-bodied 2005 should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points Wine Spectator

“Fragrant, with rich fig, floral, honeysuckle and spicy ginger and hazelnut-scented oak, this is smooth and polished on the palate, with broad layers of complex fruit and wood.  Drink now through 2011.  204 cases made. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 23

Growing Season Extended, cool spring weather resulted in late bud break. An ideal, long, temperate growing season followed, allowing for slow, full and even ripening of the fruit. Harvest began later than usual. The resulting wines can be characterized as rich and elegant with gorgeous aromatics.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 2 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 4 months to completion
• Aged 15 months in Francois Freres, Seguin Moreau, Cadus, Damy, Sirugue French oak barrels; 72% new
• Aged sur lies and stirred biweekly
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled January 2007