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2011

Chardonnay

Ellen Lane Estate
Russian River Valley

Formerly known as Walker Station, our Ellen Lane Estate chardonnay is a glistening light straw in color and displays lively aromas of lychee and white peach. The palate is racy and pure with vibrant acidity. Expansive layers unfold to reveal limestone, minerality, lemon zest and mandarin oil, which lead to a striking and memorable finish.

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92 points Wine Advocate

“Very Chablis-like, with a minerally, stony character is the light greenish/gold-colored 2011 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate (formerly known as Walker Station). Dry, crisp and stony, with white currant, citrus oil and apple blossom characteristics, this medium-bodied beauty can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 Points International Wine Cellar

“Pale gold. Pungent, mineral- and spice-accented orange pith, poached pear and fennel scents, with a hint of smokiness. Shows impressive density and chewy texture, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are lifted by juicy acidity. Pretty serious chardonnay, with no easy sweetness and excellent depth of flavor. Closes with powerful thrust, firm mineral cut and lingering ginger and anise notes. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 21

Growing Season 2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties. Summer was warm, and as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.

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 French oak barrels; 60% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013