85% of the Chardonnay was barrel fermented in Damy French Oak barrels. The wine was aged nine months sur lie and 3% of the barrel fermented wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
We sourced multiple well known Russian River Valley vineyards for this wine: Clone 17 from Saralee Kundee’s Catie’s Corner; Clone 4 & 809 from Hopkins Vineyards; Clone 4 & 17 from Vino Farms’ Airport Vineyard, and the Robert Young Clone from the Nonella Vineyards.
The 2016 growing season started with consistent rainfall with moderate spring temps allowing for an early bud break and rapid growth. Warmer temps and a dry summer without frost accelerated ripening and resulted in quite aromatic, condensed flavors with higher acidity.
100% Russian River Valley Chardonnay
100% French Oak (14% New, 24% 1-2 year)
TOTAL CASES MADE
August 22 - September 26, 2016
July 19, 2017