2017 CHARDONNAY
Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay 99%, Viognier 1%

Alcohol: 14.0%

pH: 3.71

TA: 6.2 g/L

Size: 750ml

2017 CHARDONNAY

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

Our property is bordered by the Russian River and since 1975 our Estate Chardonnay has highlighted the gravelly river banks where it is grown.  The vines are planted on some of the coolest sites on our estate where morning fog is the norm, and the temperature might drop between 40 to 50 degrees from day to night. 

2017 was a vintage of contrasts.  Ample rainfall in January and February allayed any discussion of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and heat spikes throughout the summer. The vines were resilient to it all and quality at harvest was excellent.

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 also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation and aged on the lees for six to eight months to develop roundness and body.

There are fresh fruit aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, and vanilla mixed with floral notes and slight oak in the glass.  The 2017 is rich and full bodied with slight citrus notes along with fresh fruit flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and peaches.  The Viognier adds a slight floral  component and contributes to the rich mouth-feel.  This vintage is well balanced and has a very long  finish.  If you are looking for classic California Chardonnay, then this is the wine to order by the case!


ACCOLADES:

2017:  91 Points & Great Value - Ultimate Wine Challenge
2017:  91 Points - Beverage Dynamics
2017:  90 Points & Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition 
2017:  90 Points & Gold Medal - World Wine Championships
2017:  90 Points & Gold Medal - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
2017:  Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition & S.A.L.E. International Wine Competition