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2013

Chardonnay

Ross Station Estate
Russian River Valley

These vines grow under the thoughtful watch of the Ross Family farmhouse, built in the 1850’s. The former peach orchard’s gently rolling hills provide a nurturing environment for our vines, optimizing flavor and vineyard expression. This luminescent chardonnay boasts rich tropical aromas with subtle notes of quince, Asian pear, and white peach. The creamy, expressive palate leads with bright fruit flavors of golden apple, grilled pineapple, and guava, while limestone minerality underscores the lingering finish.

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90 Points Wine Spectator

“Light toasty oak lingers in the background of the fig, apple and honeydew flavors. Most impressive on the long finish, where the depth, detail and subtleties emerge.  ”
James Laube

93 Points JamesSuckling.com

“A rich and blousy white with sliced white peach and hints of pie crust. Full and rich. Round. Lots of mouthfeel and length. Wonderful textured white. Drink now. ”
James Suckling

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Harvest Date September 6th

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, 8 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation
• Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 64% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour and Gauthier
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015