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2010

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

The quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this wine has a lustrous golden hue with lively aromas of yellow flowers, custard, mandarin oil, and stone fruit. The richly textured, seamlessly structured palate is layered with stone fruits, lemon zest, Crenshaw melon and Granny Smith apple. Mineral notes linger over a pleasurable finish.

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Test Points Wine Advocate


James Laube - Test

Test Points Wine Advocate


James Laube - Test

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Harvest Date September 28 – October 20

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; 52% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012