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2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay 750ml

94 WE

This seductive Chardonnay displays explosive aromas of lime blossom, Meyer lemon with underlying mineral notes. On the palate the wine displays tension between bright acidity and cool-climate structure framed with flavors of ripe apple and lemon custard.

Bursting with aromas of William pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnuts. The nose is filled with white Peach and acacia blossom, knit together by bright acidity and a long-complex finish.

Pricing Per Bottle (750 ml)
$36.00 / Bottle

2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay 750ml
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2015
Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal: Chardonnay
Harvest Date: August 25, 27, September 2, 4, & 8th, 2015
Acid: 0.63 g/L
PH: 3.41
Bottling Date: February 2017
Alcohol %: 14.1

Vineyard 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. The Chardonnay is now sourced principally from our Martaella Estate Vineyard. We have planted heirloom clones of Chardonnay that retain bright acidity and express beautiful floral and mineral notes. The low-fertility soils and the cool temperatures, in this part of the Russian River Valley, unite to form an ideal place for growing Chardonnay.

Production Notes:
The fruit was harvested at night and then rigorously hand sorted before whole-cluster pressing. After settling overnight, the juice was fermented in barrel with indigenous yeast. Barrel fermentation and oak aging for 12 months have added hints of toasted almond, and spice cake to a subtle minerality on the finish.

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