Beautiful Chardonnay fruit provides complex aromas reminiscent of of Bosc pear
and baked apple with subtle aromas of almonds and spice. Fifteen months of
aging in 50% new Remond and Francois Freres barrels adds an intensity of toasty
French oak perfume.
On the palate the wine is multi-layered and smooth textured, showing great
intensity and flavors of spicy ripe pear and apple along with notes of toasty
French oak. The finish of this big, powerful Chardonnay is persistent and
unusually satisfying, with complex notes of fruit, oak and spice. A perfect pairing
for lobster and for wild mushroom cream sauces, this wine will age gracefully
over the next 5 – 10 years.
About 80% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 (also known as the “Robert Young” clone) while the remaining 20% is made up of Clone 809 (a musqué clone). Growing in the heavier clay soils typical of the Russian River Valley appellation, these vines offer Chardonnay rich in flavors reminiscent of baked apple and ripe pear. The “musqué” clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness.
Fruit was hand-picked at night and delivered immediately to the winery while
still cold. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice
sent to tank for settling. Clean juice was racked off, inoculated and moved to
50% new French oak, a blend of Remond and Francois Freres coopered barrels,
for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete malolactic
fermentation and for 15 months of aging with monthly stirring.
131 Cases Produced