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2011

Chardonnay

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

The grapes grown at Ulises Valdez Vineyard are known to produce wines of intense richness and backbone. The 2011 chardonnay is a fine example. Characteristically bold, yet silky and refined, this opalescent chardonnay offers scents of custard and lemon meringue pie. A viscous palate bursts with layers of white flowers, tangerine and honey. The expressive assembly of flavors persists over a lingering creamy, vanillin-kissed finish.

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93 Points Vinous

“Nectarine, Chamomile, honey, almonds, butter and white flowers are all woven together beautifully in the 2011 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard. The flavors are rich, broad and creamy, yet the wine has all of the amplitude to carry the weight. Hints of tropical-inflected fruit linger on the generous, inviting finish. ”
Antonio Galloni

92 points Wine Spectator

“A potent Chardonnay, ripe and intense, with rich fig, honeysuckle, honeydew and baked peach notes. Although youthfully exuberant, this eases into an attractive glide, ending with a long, satisfying finish. Drink now through 2019. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 3

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; 4 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013