Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Named for the early Russian fur trappers who settled on the California coast in the first part of the 19th century, the Russian River Valley is formed by the eponymous river which cuts through the rugged Coast Range Mountains. This creates a passageway for the cool afternoon sea breezes and evening fog, which flow inland before eventually spreading out onto the Santa Rosa Plain. It is also an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay as the cooling influence preserves the grapes’ natural acidity and crisp fruit flavors.

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750ml

Winemakers Notes

The warm summer temperatures of the 2017 vintage resulted in an earlier than usual harvest and we harvested the fully ripe, flavorful Chardonnay grapes in late September. After the primary alcoholic fermentation was complete, the barrels underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the wine and give it a slightly buttery note. The barrels aged sur lie for seven months, undergoing battonage or stirring every two weeks to add body and yeasty notes.

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  • Composition: Chardonnay
  • Appellation: Russian River Valley
  • Aging: French oak barrels and 7 months sur lie aging
  • Acidity: 3.44
  • pH: 6.1
  • Alcohol: 14.0%

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