2017 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
2017 began with a very wet winter. The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day. Afterward, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. Yields were average to light. Fruit quality ranged from great to exceptional, with well-preserved acids.
Harvest Date | Brix August 30 | 23.1˚
We gently press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After aging 20 months in 20% new French oak barrels (François Freres & Taransaud Beaune), this Chardonnay was fined and settled in tank. It was then bottled without filtration.