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2013 Jordan Chardonnay
2013 Chardonnay, 750mL
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Classic Russian River fruit at its best. Intense aromas of passion fruit, persimmon and Granny Smith apple leap from the glass, woven with notes of Meyer Lemon, Asian pear and wet stone minerality. A juicy mid-palate of honeydew melon, fresh guava and a touch of baking spice is balanced by firm acidity and a creamy mouthfeel that carries through the lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now for its fresh, youthful flavors or cellar through 2018 to enjoy the crème brûlée and preserved lemon characteristics that will develop with age.
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