Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018
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.
The vintage of 2018 was extended by pleasant and mild temperatures throughout the growing season and we harvested the fully ripe, flavorful Chardonnay grapes from September 25th through October 1st. The juice went directly to French oak barrels for barrel fermentation. After the primary alcoholic fermentation was complete, a select number of barrels underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the wine and give it a lush creamy note. The barrels aged sur lie for ten months, undergoing battonage or stirring every two weeks until the winemaker decided the wines had achieved the perfect balance.
- Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Appellation: Russian River Valley
- Aging: Sur lie aged for 10 months
- Acidity: 3.53
- pH: 6.4
- Alcohol: 13.5%