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2013

Chardonnay

Ellen Lane Estate
Russian River Valley

Ellen Lane Vineyard, our small hillside estate in Green Valley, produces the coolest expression of chardonnay in our portfolio. Luminous pale straw in color, the 2013 vintage shows defined aromas of white tea, lemongrass and daffodil. The clean, complex palate is balanced with flavors of baked apple, stone fruit and lime rind leading to a long, memorable finish.

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(91-93) Points Vinous

“The 2013 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate possesses gorgeous nuance in a style that brings together focus and volume. The Ellen Land is a bit more restrained than many of the other Chardonnays in this range. Today, it is the wine's energy that stands out above all else. ”
Antonio Galloni

95 Points Wine Advocate

“Nectarine, honeysuckle, Mandarin oranges, spring flowers and jasmine aromas jump from the glass of the 2013 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate. This cold site in Green Valley produced a gorgeous wine in 2013. Drink now-2022.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 9

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, picked at night
• Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels; 58% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Gauthier
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015