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2009

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

The Richard Dinner Vineyard is our source for the exquisite chardonnay upon which we founded our portfolio in 1991. With a lustrous golden hue it displays lively aromas of tropical fruits, lemon custard and fresh figs. Richly textured and fully elegant, the structured palate comes alive with succulent flavors of orange blossom, citrus oil, fresh pear and dulce de leche. A creamy, seemingly unstoppable finish is enhanced by the wine’s hallmark crushed mineral characteristics. Alcohol 14.3%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“Hints of smoke, minerals and spices add complexity on the finish.  The dinner is a bit reticent today, but it will be superb in another year or two.  It is another striking wine. ”
Antonio Galloni

92 points International Wine Cellar

“Vivid yellow.  Vibrant, mineral-dominated bouquet displays fresh pear, green apple, lemon and talc, along with a sexy floral quality and a touch of smoke.  Racy citrus and floral flavors gain flesh with air, picking up juicy melon and candied ginger flavors and finishing with excellent cut.  This offers a suave balance of energy and depth and is built for aging.”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 1

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; 2 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 2010