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2013

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

This blend of top Russian River Valley vineyards displays a brilliant golden color and aromas of white flowers, baked pear tart, nectarine and toasted almond shortbread. The palate is full-bodied with flavors of Asian guava and key lime. The lengthy finish and bright acidity leaves you asking for more.

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(90-93) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Chardonnay Russian River displays lots of orange blossom and honeysuckle characteristics in a full-bodied, exuberant style with admirable minerality as well as good acidity. Drink now-2019.”
Robert Parker Jr.

(90-92) Points Vinous

“The 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is bright, focused and energetic in the glass. Lemon oil, white flowers and saline notes are some of the signatures. The 2013 is shaping up to be a beauty. ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 6 – 23

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; 4 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 12 months in French Oak barrels; 47% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Gauthier, Remond
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015