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2010

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

Our Cuvée Agustina Chardonnay exhibits a tantalizing golden opal hue, and is perfumed with golden delicious apple, pear, baking spices, caramel and a touch of exotic citrus. The palate is intoxicatingly powerful, offering concentrated vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and toasty spice flavors. Layers of minerality lead to a seemingly endless finish.

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94+ Points Wine Advocate

“Superb. It bursts from the glass with layers of expressive tropical fruit.  There is more than enough richness and sheer stuffing to balance the oak in this extroverted yet polished Chardonnay.  This is a striking effort.  Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018.”
Antonio Gallioni

Best of the Best The Robb Report

“This white’s beautiful, mineral-dominated nose of brine and light tobacco belies its luscious flavor profile of peach, pineapple, and hazelnut.”

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Harvest Date October 16

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in François Frères, Seguin Moreau and Calvin French oak barrels; 80% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012