The Russian River Chardonnay hails from a cool climate growing sites, on low vigor Goldridge Loam soils. The vines range in age from 13 to 50 years old. The vineyard make up is 74% Westside Farms; 11% Dutton Sebastopol; 10% Martinelli Charles Ranch; and 5% Rochioli Allen. After harvest the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, fermented in Burgundian barrels with native yeast and aged sur lies with batonnage and full malolactic fermentation. The wines are then aged for 12 months in 21% new French oak barrels (François Frères, Taransaud, & Vicard). The wine is bottled without filtration.
Aromatically the wine is mineral driven with hints of green melon, lemon pith, white flowers, and damp grass. On the palate the wine is equally driven by minerality, with hints of white chalk, as well as acidic lemon zest and warm toasty notes.
“Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines.” – David Ramey