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2014

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

An exceptional source for chardonnay, this vineyard has been a pillar in our portfolio since 1991. Its gleaming golden hue draws you in where you are received by rich aromas of brioche, Gravenstein apple and lemon zest. An elegant, pristine palate leads with lemon zest, honeycomb, and raw almonds, and finishes with crushed gravel and wet stone.

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(94-96) 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 22

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; 7 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels; 56% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Francois Frères, Remond, Damy, Louis Latour
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016