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2006

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

Pale gold in color and viscous in the glass, the 2006 vintage of our barrel selection from the Dinner Vineyard is perfumed with Fuji apple, crème brulèe and white flowers. The palate is velvety and mouth-filling, with concentrated flavors of apple, pineapple, hazelnut and baked pie crust. Subtle accents of oak and white ginger are accompanied on the finish by smoky, mineral notes that contribute to the distinctive character of this wine. Alcohol 14.8%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Poached pear, sweet red currant, tropical fruit, roasted nut, and smoky oak notes emerge from this exuberant, flamboyantly-styled Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points International Wine Cellar

“Light gold. Rich, smoky aromas of pear, melon and iodine, with a floral quality emerging with air. Strikes an impressive balance of weight and finesse, offering deep orchard fruit flavors, energetic minerality and a long, sappy finish. This has the concentration to age but is awfully delicious right now. ”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date October 14

Growing Season 2006 was slightly cooler overall than 2005 and began with delayed bud break due to a long, wet spring. The weather warmed in May, continuing through summer and into fall to provide the extended growing season needed for fruit to ripen fully. Harvest began late but was accelerated by mid-harvest rains in early October. Yields on Sonoma Mountain were lower than elsewhere in the Sonoma area.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster press; cold
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 91% new
• Aged on the lees; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2007