2018 CHARDONNAY
Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay 99%, Viognier 1%

Alcohol: 14.0%

pH: 3.77

TA: 5.8 g/L

Size: 750ml

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2018 CHARDONNAY

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

The Russian River defines the Alexander Valley with foggy mornings, warm days and diurnal temperature swings of 40 to 50 degrees.  Estate vineyards, combined with classic winemaking techniques maximize the balance of fruit and acidity creating a classic California Chardonnay.  Over the decades we have created and utilized many sustainable practices in our vineyards and winery. We are excited to formally recognize this commitment by adding the Sonoma County Sustainably Farmed Grapes logo to the back label of this Chardonnay.

The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes.  The mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.  Harvest began on September 15 and the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.

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

Fresh fruit dominates the nose with aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, and vanilla mixed with floral notes and a kiss of oak in the glass.  The 2018 is rich and full bodied with hints of citrus and bright flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and peaches.  The Viognier adds a floral component and contributes to the rich mouth-feel.  This 2018 has nice acid balance, a little minerality and a very long  finish. 


ACCOLADES:

2018:  Silver Medal San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
2017:  91 Points - Beverage Dynamics
2016:  90 Points - Wine Advocate 

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