2014 Russian River Chardonnay
Our 2014 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 prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
The result is a graceful Russian River Chardonnay, brimming with crisp, table-friendly acids, stone fruit aromas, and comforting apple, citrus, and butterscotch flavors.
Some natural sediment is to be expected at the bottom of chilled bottles.
Production: 100 cases
Release: May 2015
Varietal: Chardonnay, clone 17
Soil: Huichica, Yolo sandy loams
Crush: Hand harvest, hand sort, 24hr cold maceration, whole cluster, gentle champagne press
Ferment: Neutral oak barrels, native fermentation, battonage
Wood: 6 months elevage sur lie, neutral oak
Aromas: Pear, mango
Palate: Apples, citrus, heather
Awards: Silver, 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition