2015 Russian River Chardonnay
Our 2015 Russian River Chardonnay is made from 100% hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit from the Inspiration Vineyard along Olivet Road in the Russian River AVA, Sonoma County, California.
We picked this Chardonnay at 22 brix to retain lively acids and temper alcohol, in pursuit of a natural expression of the block. This lot was cold-macerated for 24 hours, pressed whole cluster, then cool-fermented with wild resident yeast in neutral oak. It was conditioned sur lie for six months with frequent stirs prior to bottling without fining.
The result is a graceful Russian River Chardonnay, brimming with stone fruit aromas, crisp, table-friendly acids, and comforting baked apple and citrus flavors.
Some natural sediment is to be expected at the bottom of chilled bottles.
Production: 150 cases
Release: June 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay, clone 17
Soil: Huichica, Yolo sandy loams
Crush: Hand harvest, hand sort, whole cluster, gentle champagne press
Ferment: Neutral oak barrels; long, cool, native ferment
Wood: 6 months elevage sur lie, battonage, neutral oak
Aromas: Pear, mango
Palate: Apples, citrus, heather
Recognition: Gold 2016 SF International Wine Competition
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