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2009

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

Glistening pale gold in color, it is richly scented with honeysuckle, lychee and minerals. An expansive palate opens with concentrated flavors of Anjou pear and fresh fig; subtle accents of raw almond, butterscotch and lemon blossom unfold in silky succession to add complexity. Intense minerality and bright acidity emerge on the mid-palate, lengthening a spicy finish. Alcohol 14.1%

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94 points Wine Spectator

“A seamless expression of ripe, layered fig, melon, ripe peach and grilled fig flavors that show touches of roasted marshmallow.  Full-bodied, yet dances along, ending with a long, layered finish, reverberating with flavor. Drink now through 2018.”
James Laube

93 points Wine Advocate

“It is a decidedly seamless, round Chardonnay that emphasizes textural richness and lushness.  ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

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 15 months in François Frères and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels; 86% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011