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2015

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

We have been sourcing chardonnay from the Dinner family’s Sonoma Mountain vineyard since the winery’s inception in 1991. With this vintage, fruit from a new block adds even more depth, complexity and richness to this already impressive wine. A delicate pale straw with a slight hue of green to the rim, this wine captivates the senses with aromas of white peach, guava and lemon-lime. The opulent palate unveils layers of white fig, Bosc pear and crème brûlée, leading to a polished, mineral-driven finish, a signature characteristic of this vineyard.

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(95-97) points Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard leaps from the glass with intense grapefruit, lemon zest and green mango notes over hints of toasted almonds and baking bread. Full-bodied and beautifully structured with a lovely backbone of acidity, the intense citrus and saline flavors just go on and on.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 1st & 12th

Harvest Brix 23.8

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 barrels
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 63% new
Coopers: Cadus, Francois Frères, Remond, Damy, Louis Latour
Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016