2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
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2014 was another classic vintage. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer promoting even ripening. We had ample hang time which in turn yielded distinct varietal character with a smooth, rich texture.
Our appellation Chardonnays are given less new oak—13% percent in 2014—and spend less time in barrel—twelve months–than the single-vineyard Chardonnays, but otherwise are made identically. We press the whole clusters for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging in barrel 12 months, it is fined and stabilized in tank during the following harvest. This wine was then bottled without filtration in February, 2016.
Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines.
Our 2014 Russian River Chardonnay is 41% from four Dutton Ranches Vineyards (Perry, Mengle, Sebastopol & Mill Station); 19% Martinelli’s Laughlin Road Vineyard; 15% from four Rochioli Vineyards (Allen, Mid-40, River & Hill); 13% Forchini; 11% Westside Farms; 1% Hyde Robert Young.