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2013

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

We have been sourcing exceptional chardonnay from this Sonoma Mountain vineyard since the winery’s inception in 1991. Rich golden hue in color, the wine entices with a bouquet of fresh pear, yellow jasmine, honey suckle and rainwater. The palate is pure and vibrant with layers of tangerine, apple pie and crème caramel. The mineral-driven finish is a signature characteristic of this vineyard.

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(91-94) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard’s light gold color is more evolved than its siblings’. It exhibits copious aromas of crème brûlée, brioche, vanilla custard, apricot marmalade and honey. Drink it during its first 5-6 years of life.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92+ Points Vinous

“Sage, menthol, graphite and honey are some of the many notes that open up in the 2013 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. This is a distinctly huge, explosive wine with a real sense of Pinot-like phenolic intensity and weight. Hints of game, smoke and graphite only add intrigue to a compelling Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay full of personality. ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 17

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; 6 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French Oak barrels; 57% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Francois Frères, Remond, Gauthier
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2014