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2012

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. Stylish and refined, this opalescent chardonnay boasts aromas of green apple, key lime pie, white peach, honeysuckle and toasted brioche. The texture on the palate is fresh and vibrant with notes of red apple and jasmine echoing through a very lengthy finish.

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96 Points Wine Advocate

“The medium to full-bodied, crisp 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate is a beautifully fragrant effort displaying notes of pear, honeysuckle, creme caramel and pineapple. Drink this offering over the next 4-5 years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 25 & September 28

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, 7 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 56% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour and Gauthier
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014