2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
This rich, full bodied Chardonnay exhibits notes of grilled peaches, tropical fruit with a slight note of butter. Combined with the toasty oak aromas derived from the barrel fermentation, this wine is complex, balanced and delivers a lingering finish.
The site contains alluvial river deposits that are comprised of well drained sandy soils over deep gravel beds.
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 settled for 24-48 hours. It is then racked off the settlings, inoculated and put in French and Hungarian barrels to ferment. Primary and malo-lactic fermentations are conducted simultaneously. Barrel aged sur lie and stirred regularly for 9 months. Bottled in July 2017 and allowed to mature in bottle prior to release.