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2015 Three Sisters Chardonnay 750ml

Fort Ross-Seaview

Winemaker Notes

A warm February and March lead to early bud break in 2015. The warm winter transitioned to May temperatures that were actually colder than temps in January and February. These cold temperatures at bloom delayed flowering and fruit set was compromised. The poor set resulted in yields being reduced by as much as 50% in some of our vineyards. The summer weather can be characterized by cool nights and foggy morning and resulted in veraison that was 1 to 2 weeks ahead of 2014. The harvest was our earliest on record for Benovia and ended quickly due to the low yields.

Tasting Notes

Maybe the most Burgundian Chardonnay in our portfolio, this seductive Chardonnay displays explosive aromas of lime blossom, Meyer lemon with underlying mineral notes. On the pallet the wine displays tension between bright acidity and cool-climate structure framed with flavors of ripe apple and lemon custard.

Vineyard Notes

This Chardonnay comes from two selected blocks of the Three Sisters Vineyard on the third coastal ridge from the ocean at 1000' elevation, near the town of Seaview. The low-fertility soils and the cool temperature near the Pacific Ocean produce a distinctive Chardonnay. This bottling comes from two blocks within the vineyard both planted to Chardonnay clone Dijon 76, 95 and 96.

Specifications

Vintage 2015
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Fort Ross-Seaview
Harvest Date September 13-14, 2015
Acid 0.57 g/L
PH 3.63
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol % 14.1
Size 750 ml

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