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2017 Mauritson Chardonnay

Alexander Valley

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Wine Specs
Alexander Valley
Vineyard Designation
100% Estate, "Dobbins Vineyard"
240 cases
9 months barrel fermented and aged in oak barrels 100% French 10% New
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This single vineyard Chardonnay comes from our home ranch in Alexander Valley where we hand-harvested the fruit from just 10 rows atop a tiny plateau. As in Burgundy, here, the smallest variations in terrain even within close proximity can result in the difference between a Grand cru versus Premier cru. Our Grand cru plateau site consistently delivers on balance, precision and complexity. This Chardonnay opens with a beautiful bouquet of early morning white flower, shaved toasted almond and fresh stone fruit notes. Flavors include delicate wild summer pear, brioche and crushed wet river rock. Wonderful mid-palate creaminess comes from five months of intermittent batonnage. The finish has great freshness and length and the wine will drink gracefully over the next 3-7 years.
Vineyard Notes
Our 2017 Alexander Valley Chardonnay showcases the beautiful ripe fruit of California Chardonnay minus the oak, with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented with only 10% new French oak aged on 100% gross lees.