Refined aromas of green apple, pear and lemon peel with a flinty note reminiscent of Chablis. Its elegant palate echoes the bouquet with clean,
bright flavors of stone fruit and citrus, backed by firm acidity where oak is an afterthought. A touch of creaminess on the mid-palate is followed by lovely mineral notes that carry through an extraordinarily long finish.
It would be hard to pick out this bottle as Californian in a lineup of White Burgundies. 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 17 days in 47% stainless steel and 53% new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation limited to only 19%.
Sur Lie: Two months of sur-lie aging with a weekly 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: 6 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: 100% Russian River Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.71g/100mL; pH: 3.37; R.S.: 0.05%
Bottling Dates: June 20—30, 2016,
Fined and filtered before bottling