Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay 99%, Viognier 1%

Alcohol: 14.0%

pH: 3.64

TA: 6.8 g/L

Size: 750ml


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Classic California Chardonnay with just a kiss of French oak aging.

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 western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion.  A cool spring, rain at bloom and hot July along with the continued effects from the lack of rain      contributed to lower yields  and one of our earliest harvest dates for the Chardonnay.  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.
There are aromas of apple, pear, fresh fruit, pineapple, vanilla and floral notes in the glass.  The 2015 is a rich creamy wine with citrus notes along with flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and apricots.  The Viognier adds a slight floral component and a rich mouthfeel.  This vintage has nice  balance and a very long aftertaste.


2015:  95 points, Gold Medal & Best of Class of Region - CA State Fair
2015:  95 points & Gold Medal - Press Democrat Wine Challenge
2015:  94 points - Beverage Dynamics
2015:  91 points & Gold Medal "Exceptional" - Beverage Testing Institute
2015:  90 points & Gold Medal - The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
2015:  88 points - Wine Advocate
2015:  85 points - Wine Enthusiast