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2007

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This 2007 vintage barrel selection from the Richard Dinner Vineyard is pale gold in color and perfumed with exquisite aromas of pear nectar, quince and fine holiday spice. The palate offers a broad, complex, articulate expression of the terroir, enveloping the senses with succulent, precisely defined flavors of golden delicious apple, kumquat and fresh, ripe fig. The mid-palate adds a rich component of dulce de leche before giving way to flinty minerality that carries through on the velvety finish. Alcohol 14.6%

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96 points Wine Advocate

“Orange, nectarine, pineapple, citrus oil, and pear notes emerge from the 2007 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvee Agustina. A thick, juicy white with good underlying acidity as well as hints of crushed rocks/minerality, it should drink well for 7-8 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright gold. Exotically perfumed aromas of passion fruit, melon, pear skin, iodine and smoky lees. Stains the palate with deep orchard and exotic fruit flavors and picks up a sexy floral quality on the back end. The spiciness comes on strong on the finish, which is broad, sweet and strikingly powerful. This could handle the richest shellfish or poultry dishes. ”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date September 29

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early and set a crop of tight clusters of small berries. Summer brought warm, even temperatures through veraison. Several heat spikes in August suggested that crush might begin early but temperatures cooled in early September, allowing ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. Sonoma Mountain produced wines showing exceptional intensity and vibrant delineation of flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 16 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009