of Gravenstein apples, lime, and ginger combine with toasty vanilla notes, a lush
and viscous mouthfeel, with a crisp mineral quality to the finish.
majority (80 percent) of the fruit for this blend was sourced from Sonoma County’s
Russian River Valley
renowned for its excellent Chardonnay.
Additionally over half the grapes were grown on our own estate
2012 vintage began with an early spring, with mild weather followed by a summer
that was also temperate. The mild conditions made for an extended growing
season which produced Chardonnay with excellent structure and crisp acidity. Beginning in mid September, the grapes were
picked by hand and brought to the winery for whole cluster pressing. After harvest, three quarters of the juice
was fermented in French oak and aged on the lees for five months to add
viscosity and complexity to the blend.
The remaining juice was fermented in stainless steel to retain a fresh
natural flavor. After fermentation, the
barrel lots used in the blend underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to
enhance the rich, round flavors.
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