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2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Winner of Best in Class, 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition & Best White Wine, 2013 Women's International Wine Competition
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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,

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!

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Russian River Valley
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Winner of Best in Class at the 2013 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition amongst 2,977 entries!
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Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog's Gravatar
Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog
(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM)
2011 Inman Family Russian River Valley Chardonnay, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 4.1 This Chardonnay offers a lovely combination of rich flavors and crisp acidity. The nose of baked apples and ripe pineapple gives way to flavors of ripe red apple, roasted pineapple, Meyer lemon and intriguing minerality with a hint of creaminess. As the wine opens, subtle yet complex notes of vanilla and caramel dance in the finish

Harold Baer, Harold Baer Wine's Gravatar
Harold Baer, Harold Baer Wine
(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM)
The 2011 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 12.6% alc., was matured in 40 % French oak and 60% stainless steel. Crisp apple, lemon peel, pear, and lemon-lime introduce round, juicy flavors of the same that have good intensity, presence, and verve. All carry through the long, medium-broad finish. Well structured, integrated, and balanced. Very Good.

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