2020 Chardonnay, Russian River
Russian River Valley
14 months barrel fermented and aged 72% French Oak 28% Stainless Steel
On the nose, enticing aromas of ripe Golden Delicious apple skin, flakes of freshly baked kouign-amann pastry and sun-kissed magnolia blossom meet hints of crushed Marcona almond. On the palate, this wine exudes purity and elegance. The entry is quite fresh and inviting and with wonderful creaminess that comes from nine months of intermittent bâtonnage, and then an additional five months of aging with minimal oxygen incursion, maintaining the wine’s energy. Subtle minerality frames the crisp green pear and delicate honey notes. Bottled unfiltered, this Chardonnay will drink gracefully over the next 5-8 years.
This single vineyard Chardonnay uses grapes grown on the benchlands of the western Santa Rosa Plain, in the Russian River Valley. The European-style high density planting results in smaller yields per vine and greater concentration in the resulting wine. The fruit is hand-harvested from just five rows atop a tiny plateau that is planted exclusively to the famous Wente Chardonnay clone known for producing beautifully detailed and precise wines.
Our 2020 Russian River Valley Chardonnay showcases the beautiful ripe fruit of California Chardonnay balanced with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented with 23% new French oak aged on 100% gross lees.