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2015

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

This blend from prestigious Russian River vineyards is a quintessential chardonnay from this appellation. With a pale straw, pearlescent hue, the wine impresses with aromas of yellow blossoms, citrus and a note of chamomile tea. The richly textured palate offers delectable flavors of fresh white fruits and sweet brioche accented by minerality for a lingering and pleasurable finish.

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(91-92) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Chardonnay explodes on the nose and palate with sheer power, delivering full-throttle tropical fruit and allspice flavors with a touch of buttered toast. The full-bodied palate has a lovely savory edge that offsets the fruit beautifully, with just enough freshness and a very long finish.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 1st – 14th

Harvest Brix 23.6-24.4

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 12 months in French oak barrels; 50% new, 4 months in stainless steel
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Remond, Leroi, Atelier
Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016