2014 CHARDONNAY 375ml
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.51

TA:  6.2 g/L

Closure:  Stelvin

Size:  375ml

2014 CHARDONNAY 375ml

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Our half bottles are just right for two glasses of wine!

Our estate is bordered by the Russian River and since 1975 we have showcased this location with our Estate Chardonnay.  The vines are planted on some of the coolest sites on our estate where morning fog is the norm. During the growing season the temperature drops between 40 to 50 degrees from day to night.

The unprecedented drought in California was national news and everyone seemed to talk about our weather with dire predictions for much of 2014. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years.  The lack of rain did not impact our fruit due to moderate temperatures throughout the growing season, and as a result the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors at harvest.

We harvest 70% of our Chardonnay at night when the grapes are cool to retain the natural acidity, then cold ferment those lots in stainless steel, without malolactic fermentation or barrel aging to highlight the citrus and green apple flavors.  To add balance to the wine, we whole cluster press 30% of the best fruit and barrel ferment that portion in French oak barrels.  The barrel fermented lots underwent malolactic fermentation and aged on the lees for 6-8 months to develop roundness and body.

Accolades:

2014:  90 points & Gold Medal - Winemaker Challenge
2014:  89 points - Wine Advocate
2014:  Gold Medal - Monterey Wine Festival