2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
256 Cases Produced
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!
Inman Family Wines is best known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, the varietals grown at the Inman’s Olivet Grange Estate vineyard. In 2008, winemaker Kathleen Inman decided to try her hand at the other classic Burgundian varietal, Chardonnay. The decision came as a result of Kathleen’s preference for the leaner more elegant Chardonnays of Chablis and Meursault, and a personal challenge from her husband to see if she could create a Russian River Valley wine with bright acidity, little or no tropical fruit flavors, and a creamy texture from malolactic fermentation without the cloying butteriness so often found in 100% MLF Chardonnays.