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2011 Jordan Chardonnay
2011 Chardonnay, 750mL
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The 2011 vintage of Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay beautifully exemplifies a wine of both elegance and finesse. Now showing elegant aromas of toasted almonds and butterscotch with vibrant flavors of green apple and Meyer lemon. Acidity is still lively across the creamy mid-palate, layered with a subtle nutty character from French oak aging. Enjoy now paired with seafood dishes or cellar through 2019.
Vineyards: Roughly 20 vineyard blocks from eight small growers
Fermentation: Clusters destemmed and gently pressed at night to extract freshness and acidity while avoiding astringent phenolic character from the skins. Inoculated and fermented 14 days in two-thirds French oak barrels and one-third stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation limited to 30%.
Sur Lie: Three months of sur-lie aging and five weeks of batonnage to heighten the creamy texture of the mid-palate.
Cooperages: French oak barrels from nine coopers. Tightness of grain and toasting levels are specifically tailored to individual vintage characteristics.
Aging: 100% French oak for 6.5 months; 49% new oak
Selection: Triple sorting of grapes in vineyard and at winery; press cuts done by taste to preserve purity of free-run juice flavors.
Varietal Info: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.5%; T.A.: 0.75g/100mL; pH: 3.29; R.S.: 0.05%
Bottling Dates: July 23–August 17, 2012
Fined and filtered before bottling