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2007

Chardonnay

Walker Station Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This superb 2007 Chardonnay will mark the last release from this vineyard until the replanted vines have matured several years from now. Lustrous pale straw in color and generously scented with orange zest, white flowers and ginger, this wine opens to a firmly structured, silky palate of Anjou pear, zesty apple, yeasty brioche with hints of fresh almond. Echoes of ripe fruit linger over a finish enlivened by hints of vanillin and citrus oil. Alcohol 14.5%

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96 points Wine Advocate

“A fabulous effort, the 2007 Chardonnay Walker Station is one of the top Chardonnays of the vintage. Sadly, this will be the final vintage of this offering as the old vines from which it was produced were torn out. It offers notes of unbuttered popcorn, white peaches, quince, mango, and brioche in a full-bodied, fresh, lively yet substantial style. With terrific intensity as well as a long (over 35 seconds) finish, this brilliant Chardonnay should evolve for 7-8 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points Wine Spectator

“Smooth, rich and concentrated, with deep pear, fig and melon fruit shaded by a touch of toasty oak and butterscotch, ending with a long, persistent finish.  Drink now through 2013. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 9

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. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 16 months in French oak barrels; 71% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009