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2011

Chardonnay

Ross Station Estate
Russian River Valley

These vines grow under the thoughtful watch of the Ross family farmhouse, built in the late 1850’s. Originally planted to grape vines and peach trees, the property’s gently rolling hills provide a nurturing environment for our vines. Opalescent pale straw in color, a bouquet of ripe pear, apple blossoms and freshly cut white flowers fill the glass. The rich, full palate boasts peach, juniper berry and smoky lees, balanced by lemon zest. These succulent flavors reign over a lingering mineral finish.

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94 Points Vinous

“One of the more polished wines in this range, the 2011 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate wraps around the palate with striking finesse and pure texture. Here it is the wine silkiness and balance that impress most of all. The flavors are bright and lively - as they are throughout this range of 2011s - but the mouthfeel is velvety and highly expressive. The finish is long and exquisite. What a gorgeous wine this is.”
Antonio Galloni

93 Points International Wine Cellar

“Bright gold. Candied orange, poached pear, honey and iodine on the powerfully scented nose. Fleshy and broad but energetic, offering palate-staining orchard fruit flavors and a smoky mineral underpinning. Shows very good depth and focus, finishing with impressive energy and an echo of smoky minerals. This is the first bottling from this 7.5 acre, south-facing vineyard, which was planted in 2008 to Calera, Mount Eden and Wente clones.”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 28

Growing Season 2011 began with a rainy winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties. Summer was cooler than average but 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; 5 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 64% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013