Complex aromas of Bosc pear, baked apple, toast and cream, with subtle aromas
of almonds and spice. 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 is long and satisfying, with complex
notes of oak, spice and hints of minerality and crème brȗlée!
About 91% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 Chardonnay (also known as the “Robert Young” clone), 7% is Clone 809 Chardonnay (a musqué clone) and the remaining 2% is Viognier. 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” Chardonnay clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness while the Viognier adds perfumed floral notes.
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
French oak barrels for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete
malolactic fermentation and for aging, with monthly stirring.
525 Cases Produced