Mirroring the classic elements of a grand cru Chablis, this is a rare expression of Chardonnay that shyly but exquisitely excites the senses. Pretty aromas of citrus blossom and passion fruit spring from the glass. Its elegant palate reveals flavors of lemon, Asian pear and kumquat with a beautiful weight and roundness—all supported by an attractive, crisp backbone of acidity. A lingering finish laced in succulent citrus begs you to take another sip. Enjoy now or cellar through 2023.
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 13 days in 51% new French oak barrels and 49% in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation limited to only 26%.
Sur Lie: Six weeks of sur-lie aging with a weekly bâtonnage (in both stainless steel and barrel) to preserve the delicate fruit aromas and flavors while bringing a touch of creaminess to the mid-palate.
Cooperages: French oak barrels from seven 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: 100% Russian River Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.75g/100mL; pH: 3.36; R.S.: 0.06%
Bottling Dates: June 6–19, 2017; fined and filtered before bottling