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2012

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

2012 was a rich, complex vintage for this quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The wine offers a brilliant citrine quartz color and impresses with aromas of citrus blossom, spiced baked pears and honey?glazed brioche. Layered yet seamless, it lifts off the palate with a hint of mandarin meringue, while an enduring essence of marzipan crème lingers through the lengthy finish.

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(90-93) Points Wine Advocate

“A big-time winner. It exhibits copious aromas of tropical fruit and buttery citrus, medium to full body and a flamboyant personality. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 24 – October 9

Growing Season 2012 has been described by many as “textbook perfect,” with both yields and quality being well above average. The growing season was long and mild, leading to even ripening, and harvest was completed before the first storm of the season arrived in late October. The wines from 2012 are expressive, balanced and delicious!

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 3-6 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 46% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014