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2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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Start with beautiful fruit from Jim Pratt's Irwin Lane Vineyard. Press the whole clusters gently, ferment using only native yeasts, age in a blend of new French oak and small stainless steel barrels, and you have a recipe for a delicious Chardonnay. Bright natural acidity and modest alcohol make this a fine wine for aging, but an equally wonderful choice for enjoying now! 

A smaller vintage than 2013, with only 290 cases produced, this is a spectacular 2014 vintage. Bright, lean, and delicious, this is a great food pairing wine, but we think also a great wine to relax with and share with friends. 

Previous vintage notes:

"Snappy and fresh, this wine suggests both preserved lemons and fresh-squeezed citrus. Creamy and rounded but still very clean and bracing, lacking any distracting buttery notes. The texture is lean and chiseled, almost crystalline. It’s a wine of great purity and precision." - Meg Houston Maker,  MakersTable.com  

"Kathleen Inman has always stayed true to her reverence for refinement of Meursault and Chablis, and you smell it immediately in the lovely bouquet, then taste its depth on the palate, with only a warm note of toasted nuts that hints at a sensible aging in new French oak. The vintage allowed big flavors to emerge from just 12.2% alcohol, which proves conclusively that those California winemakers who create bigger, oakier styles back at the winery are all out of whack with what Chardonnay should be." - John Mariani, HuffingtonPost.com

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Irwin Lane
Harvest Date
30 August 2014
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.38
Aging
40% New French Oak, 60% Small Stainless Steel Barrels
Fermentation
Native Yeast/Native ML
Bottling Date
23 July 2015
Residual Sugar
0.03 g/L
Alcohol %
12.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is pale straw in color, and has aromas of Asian pear, nutmeg, honeysuckle, jasmine, hazelnut, and toasted almonds. On the palate, there is rich texture with a crisp finish and plenty of tart acidity. Delicate secondary notes of toasted nuts, citrus, and minerals accompany juicy flavors of crisp apple, pear, and lemon peel.
Winemaker Notes
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 using only native bacteria. Each barrel was stirred weekly until malolactic fermentation was complete and monthly thereafter.
Production
290 Cases
Product Reviews
Walter Altorfer's Gravatar
Walter Altorfer
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(Aug 22, 2017 at 1:41 PM)
Another good wine from Inman Family . I am not a fan of the big, buttery Chards and this one did not disappoint. A lovely nose and clean finish, you still get the nice flavor of the Chardonnay grape.

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