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2014 Jordan Chardonnay
2014 Chardonnay, 750mL
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Rated "Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style" by Wine Enthusiast in 2016.
Showing a richness in aroma and flavor due to its age but still quite fresh. Enticing aromas of red apple, pear and melon open to a round, creamy mid-palate filled with layers of lemon, pear and citrus flavors, braced by lively acidity. Green apple and mineral notes carry through the lingering finish of this juicy, succulent chardonnay. A versatile food wine. Enjoy now or cellar through 2022.
Vineyards: Roughly a dozen vineyard blocks from five long-term 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 15 days in roughly 60% stainless steel and 40% new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation limited to 30%.
Sur Lie: Two months of sur-lie aging with bâtonnage (in both stainless steel and barrel) to heighten the creamy texture of the mid-palate.
Cooperages: French oak barrels from eight coopers were chosen based on grain tightness, low tannin potential and light toast levels, allowing for the purity of the fruit to shine.
Aging: 5.5 months in 100% new French oak.
Selection: Double-sorting of grapes (in vineyard and at winery); press cuts done by taste to preserve the free-run juice’s pure flavors.
Varietal Info: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Regional Sources: 100% Russian River Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.78g/100mL; pH: 3.37; R.S.: 0.06%
Bottling Dates: May 4—19, 2015
Fined and filtered before bottling