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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 procedure 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.

Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Jim Pratt's Irwin Lane - Cornerstone Vineyard
Harvest Date
14 September 2012
21° at Harvest
1.2 mg/L
40% New French Oak, 60% Small Stainless Steel Barrels
Bottling Date
12 August 2013
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is pale straw in color, with tart lemon, wet rocks and toasted hazelnuts on the nose. It has 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.
Production Notes
493 Cases
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was picked by hand at first light on September 14, 2012 and brought to the winery before 9 AM 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 and 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. 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
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Stephen Tanzer
(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.

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

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Wine Enthusiast
(Apr 12, 2017 at 12:04 PM)
WE 90 pts - Inman has not offered much Chardonnay before, but this one is highly distinctive, light as a feather, floral, crisp and citrusy, basking in Chablis-like, wet stone minerality. Those looking for butter and oak should travel elsewhere; at a preposterously unheard of 11.6% alcohol, this wine offers silky, subtle intrigue. - Virginie Boone

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