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2015

Chardonnay

Ellen Lane Estate
Russian River Valley

This hillside estate located in Green Valley produces the most cool-climate expression of chardonnay in our portfolio. Gleaming white-gold in color, this exquisite wine has lively citrus notes complemented by white floral aromas. The palate exhibits harmonious flavors of honey-crisp apple and lemon with mineral undertones, buoyed by vibrant acidity for a long finish.

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(94-96) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is a little shy at this youthful stage, offering pretty peach blossom and jasmine notes over a core of ripe apricots and spiced apples, plus a waft of brioche. Full-bodied with a great backbone of freshness cutting through the concentrated stone fruit and mineral flavors, it finishes with great persistence.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 5th

Harvest Brix 23.6

Growing Season The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, picked at night
Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 53% new
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères
Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016