2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Winner of Best in Class, 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition
Winner of Best in Class, 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition
Winner of Best of Show, White Wine, 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition
“In a world where Chardonnay often is clumsy and lacking in acid, this wine shines. There’s no way to tell it went through a complete malolactic fermentation since the fruit was picked so early (well under 22° Brix!) that the wine retains a perfect balance. The fruit is citrus-y (lime?) and there is a faint hint of the clove you occasionally get from Vosges oak (pronounced vohj). It needs at least two more years to round up.”
- Wine of the Week, Dan Berger, www.vintageexperiences.com
The 2011 vintage is developing lovely aromas of tart lemon, wet rocks and toasted hazelnuts. It has a rich texture with a crisp finish and plenty of acidity. This is without doubt the best Chardonnay we have made to date. Alcohol is 12.9%. "Bright with a nervous energy" was the comment from a recent taster.
The 2011 exhibits delicate secondary notes of minerals and sea shells - all with low alcohol and bright acidity. Indeed, this is a unique expression of Russian River Valley Chardonnay with some new French oak, full malolactic, yet remaining bright and juicy.
Awarded "Wine of the Week" by Dan Berger. Click here to read his full review!