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2014

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This special selection from the Richard Dinner Vineyard is opalescent golden straw in color, bursting with complex notes of rich spice, honeysuckle, lemon curd and fresh brioche. One of the more textural wines in the portfolio, this bottling’s depth, minerality and tension combine to convey an impression of restrained power. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 73% new.

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(95-97) points Wine Advocate

“The two 2014 cuvées from the Richard Dinner Vineyard are both full-throttle Chardonnays, with the Cuvée Agustina just bigger, denser, richer and, to my taste, even superior to the 2013 version. Both should drink well for 7-10 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 22nd

Growing Season 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

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 12 months in French Oak barrels; 52% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Gauthier, Remond
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016