2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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