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2012

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This 2012 vintage barrel selection from the Richard Dinner Vineyard is brilliant golden straw in color and perfumed with spiced apple pie, tangerine, lemongrass, vanilla, brioche, and orange blossom. The mouth-filling palate is lush with baked pear, quince, ginger and cardamom, which carry through to a mineral-laden finish lasting for minutes before enticing the taster into another sip.

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Ratchets up everything that exists in the basic cuvee of Richard Dinner. It is obviously a selection of those barrels that were the richest, most intense and potentially longest-lived. Consume it over the next decade. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 Points Vinous

“The estate's top selection, the 2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard is rich, broad and ample on the palate, with a real sensation of phenolic intensity. Tangerine, apricot, wild flowers and buttery notes flesh out on the striking, nuanced finish. Next to the regular bottling, the Cuvee Agustina is bigger and more powerful, but not necessarily more complex.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Winemaking

• Hand harvested at night
• Whole cluster to press, cold
• Barrel fermented, indigenous yeasts, 5 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 71% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, and Seguin Moreau
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014