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2013 Jordan Chardonnay
2013 Chardonnay, 750mL
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Classic Russian River Chardonnay at its best, 2013 is still a very fresh wine that continues to age slowly and gracefully. Bright fruit aromas of green apples and pear with a wet stone minerality lead to a juicy, citrusy palate that is elegant and round without being creamy. This delicious chardonnay has a mouth-coating silkiness that carries through the long, citrus-laced finish. Enjoy now or cellar through 2023.
Vineyards: Roughly 18 vineyard blocks from six 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 roughly two-thirds French oak barrels and one-third stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation limited to 18%.
Sur Lie: Two months of sur-lie aging with some bâtonnage to heighten the creamy texture of the mid-palate.
Cooperages: French oak barrels from eight coopers were chosen based on tightness of grain, low tannin potential and light toast levels, allowing the fruit profile to shine.
Aging: 100% French oak for 6 months; 40% new oak.
Selection: Double-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, Sonoma County
Regional Sources: 100% Russian River Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.76g/100mL; pH: 3.35; R.S.: 0.06%
Bottling Dates: May 20–June 6, 2014
Fined and filtered before bottling