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2013

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This 2013 special selection from the Richard Dinner Vineyard has a vibrant golden hue with lifted aromatics of orange zest, sandalwood, violets and Oolong tea. The wine fills the mouth with flavors of fleshy peach, lemongrass and ginger spiced pear which carry through to a mineral-laden finish that lasts for minutes.

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(94-96) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Chardonnay Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard reveals a lighter color than its sibling along with fresh, honeyed citrus, mango, pineapple and pear notes. Full-bodied with a touch of smoky oak and hazelnuts, it should drink well for 6-10 years”
Robert Parker Jr.

(91-93) Points Vinous

“Honey, almonds, orange peel, chamomile, mint and dried pears are all found in the 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard. Today, the 2013 is quite a bit more finessed - especially texturally - than the straight Dinner Chardonnay, but there is plenty of raciness and voluptuousness throughout. This is a sexy, highly expressive Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 17th

Growing Season 2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression.

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, 70% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, and Louis Latour
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015