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2015

Chardonnay

Ross Station Estate
Russian River Valley

The 2015 Chardonnay from the Ross Station Estate offers a pale straw hue with graceful aromatics of honeysuckle, stone fruit, and apple blossom. Seemingly endless layers of flavor emerge with Honeycrisp apple, Eureka lemon, and white peach. Focused acidity lifts the experience on the palate, highlighting good minerality throughout the long, refreshing finish. Pair with prawns a la plancha, tuna tartar or a decadent Époisses. Serve at 45°-50° F.

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(93-94) Points JamesSuckling.com

“A showy white with so much fruit and richness with cooked apple and pie crust character. Full and delicious. Long and flavor. ”
James Suckling

(93-95) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate delivers savory notes of baking bread, roasted nuts and a touch of meatiness over a core of ripe apples and peaches, plus a hint of cedar. The palate is more elegant and minerally than the nose suggests, with a harmonious backbone of freshness and savory layers on the finish. ”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 1st, 7th, 11th

Growing Season A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Winemaking

• Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 7 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Sur lie aging, biweekly bâtonnage
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 68% new
• Coopers: Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour, Remond
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017