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2010

Chardonnay

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Characteristically bold, yet silky and refined, this deep golden chardonnay offers scents of brioche, jasmine and exotic vanilla. A richly layered palate bursts with juniper berry, tangerine, custard, Fuji apple, and white flowers. The mid-palate is reminiscent of buttery apple pie. The bright bouquet of flavors persists over a silky, lingering creamy finish. Alcohol 14.3%

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94 Points Wine Advocate

“Fabulous. One of the most nuanced wines in the range, the 2010 is all about detail. A transparent, weightless wine, the 2010 caresses the palate from start to finish. There is an inner density to the 2010 that has been achieved without excess weight. Power and delineation have rarely been so well balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
Antonio Galloni

93 Points Wine Spectator

“Rich and deeply flavored, yet elegant and stylish, with creamy fig, anise, honeydew melon and vanilla-laced oak. The flavors push through on the long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2020. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 1

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 13 months in small French oak barrels; 71% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012