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2014

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. Pearlescent pale straw in hue, this wine opens in the glass to reveal expressive aromas of exotic spices, vanilla bean, jasmine, white currant and yellow peach. Fleshy but mineral on the palate, its marriage of amplitude and purity is striking. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 59% new.

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(94-96) points Wine Advocate

“The 2014 Chardonnay Ross Station offers even more minerality than the Ellen Lane, with notes of wet gravel, white currants, peach, honeysuckle and tangerine oil. It’s a beauty. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 10th & 13th

Growing Season Summary: 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