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2014

Chardonnay

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

The Ulises Valdez Vineyard, the personal estate of one of Northern California’s premiere viticulturalists, always yields wines of authority and volume and 2014 is no exception. Opalescent golden straw in hue, this chardonnay’s distinctive aromas of chamomile, mandarin, gun powder, juniper berry and Asian pear are the prelude to a broad, layered and integrated wine. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new.

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(96-98) points Wine Advocate

“Again my probable favorite is the 2014 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard. Killer tangerine, orange blossom and honeyed citrus notes are present in this full-bodied, beautifully pure Chardonnay that shows very little evidence of oak, as all of these wines do, even though they’re still in barrel.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 9th

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