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2008

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

Richly textured, aromatic and bright, this appellation blend is brilliant pale straw in color and scented with lemongrass, white flowers and a touch of orange rind. A sleek, silky palate reveals pure, focused flavors of Gala apple, pear and lemon meringue while yeasty elements add richness and complexity. A long finish is enlivened by citrus and mineral notes. Alcohol 14.5%

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92 points Wine Advocate

“Offers abundant notes of orange blossoms, tropical fruits, white peaches and a hint of smoky oak.  This fleshy, full-bodied Chardonnay exhibits a steely backbone because of good acidity.  Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

91 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright yellow-gold. Initially reticent, mineral-driven nose hints at green apple, quince, white flowers and iodine. Juicy and tight, with bright acidity and a distinctly saline, iodiney character to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Becomes smokier on the back half and finishes with very good clarity and lingering spiciness.”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 12 – October 3

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break. 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; 5 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; 48% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010