2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Notes of honeysuckle and baked apple transition into flavors of honeydew melon and tropical fruit, supported by toasty oak. Full-bodied and balanced with acidity, this Chardonnay finishes long with a hint of butterscotch.
Harvested in small lots, the fruit is picked by hand at night and in the cool mornings of September and October from our vineyards along the Russian River. The grapes are brought to the winery and immediately pressed using a gentle bladder press. The freshly pressed Chardonnay juice is settles for 24-48 hours. It is then racked off the settlement, inoculated and put in French oak and Hungarian barrels to ferment. Primary and malolactic fermentation are conducted simultaneously. Barrel aged sur lie and stirred regularly for nine months. Bottled in July 2015 and allowed to mature in bottle prior to release.