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2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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Following in the footsteps of the award winning 2011, this vintage is a bright yet rich expression of Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Kathleen used almost exactly the same winemaking of previous vintages, making a wine with the same bright acidity but with an amazingly low alcohol of 11.6%! Lemons, apples, and Asian pears combine with delicate notes of minerals and sea shells to generously coat the palate, followed by a zingy finish that leaves the mouth watering for more. 

Winemaker Notes:

The fruit was picked by hand at first light and brought to the winery before 9am to ensure the fruit was cold. BRIX at harvest was 20.9 and total acidity was 1.2 mg/L. The 1⁄2 ton macro bins were protected by dampened cotton cloths to ensure the fruit remained cold while waiting in the vineyard for transport to the winery. The bins were dumped directly to press for whole cluster pressing. The juice was cold settled overnight and then pushed to barrels. A combination 40% new air-dried Vosges Oak barrels from Cadus and 60% small stainless steel barrels were used. The wine was left to ferment using native yeast and native bacteria, and completed malolactic fermentation in all barrels. Each barrel was stirred weekly until MLF was complete and monthly thereafter.

Bottled in August 2013. 

493 cases

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Aging
40% new French Oak 60% small stainless barrels
Fermentation
Native
Residual Sugar
0
Alcohol %
11.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Color: Pale Straw Aroma: Tart lemon, wet rocks and toasted hazelnuts Flavor: Rich texture with a crisp finish and plenty of tart acidity. Delicate secondary notes of toasted nuts, minerals and sea shells accompany juicy flavors of crisp apple, pear and lemon peel.
Vineyard Notes
Jim Pratt's Irwin Lane -Cornerstone Vineyard
Production Notes
493 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was picked by hand at first light on September 14th, 2012 and brought to the winery before 9am to ensure the fruit was cold. BRIX at harvest was 21 and total acidity was 1.2 mg/L. The 1⁄2 ton macro bins were protected by dampened cotton cloths to ensure the fruit remained cold while waiting in the vineyard for transport to the winery. The bins were dumped directly to press for whole cluster pressing. The juice was cold settled overnight and then pushed to barrels. A combination of new, 3-year air-dried Vosges Oak barrels from Cadus and small stainless steel barrels were used. The wine was left to ferment using native yeast and native bacteria completed malolactic fermentation in all barrels. The wine was stirred weekly until MLF was complete and monthly thereafter. The wine was bottled on August 12, 2013.
Product Reviews
Stephen Tanzer's Gravatar
Stephen Tanzer
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(May 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM)
Pale gold. Aromas of ripe pear, orange and honeydew are enlivened by chalky mineral and jasmine qualities. Offers intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors that show a silky texture and become spicier with air. A smoky nuance builds on the finish, which is incisive, sappy and very persistent. No excess fat or butteriness here. 91pts.

International Women's Wine Competition's Gravatar
International Women's Wine Competition
1 1 1 1 1
(Sep 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM)
Bronze Medal

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