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2008

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This small, hillside vineyard has been the source for a truly distinctive chardonnay that we have been producing since our winery's founding in 1991. Full-bodied, fruit- and mineral-driven, it is pale gold and perfumed with lime rind and honeydew. The unctuous palate is satiny and viscous, brimming with succulent flavors of Golden Delicious apple, peach, fig and citrus oil. Hints of vanilla custard and bright, intense minerality intermingle over a lasting finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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92 points Wine Spectator

“Intense and focused on pure, ripe, mineral-laced apple, melon and floral honeysuckle scents. Full-bodied, layered, rich and concentrated, this exhibits a vibrant, youthful personality. Drink now through 2014. ”
James Laube

91 points Wine Advocate

“Delicate with fresh white currant, nectarine, apricot and pear characteristics.  Medium to full-bodied, it is a more restrained but still substantial Chardonnay to drink over the next 3-5 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 23

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 6 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 63% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2009