2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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.
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.