|Wine Type:||White Wine|
|Harvest Date:||October 20, 2010|
|Fermentation:||Whole cluster pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast|
|Bottling Date:||February 17, 2012|
This Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is bursting with aromas of orange marmalade, lemon custard, and ripe stone fruits. The lively aromas are followed by layer after layer of poached pear and candied pineapple on the palate. Barrel fermentation and oak aging for 16 months have added hints of vanilla bean and baking spices to this complex and delicious wine.
The 2010 growing season can best be described as a roller coaster ride. Abundant rains in the winter of 2009 and spring 2010 broke a three-year drought and replenished groundwater for the season. Spring and summer in the Russian River Valley were persistently foggy and cold, resulting in only a handful of days over 90°F. Two heat spikes in particular (~104 and 109 degrees respectively) caused havoc for thin skinned varietals like Chardonnay and Zinfandel. But overall, the growing season was colder than usual and pushed harvest back nearly a month. The vines produced miniscule yields— but the small crop gave us exceptional fruit with crisp acidity and intense flavors that made for a really superb 2010 vintage.
This Chardonnay comes from the Four Brothers Sullivan Vineyard along the north-western slope of Sonoma Mountain. The site is situated in a cool microclimate due to its proximity to the cold wind and fog that flows through the Estero Gap from the Pacific Ocean. This multifaceted wine is produced from a field-blend of several old Wente Chardonnay clones and an exceptional Chardonnay clone from Burgundy. Grapes were harvested in the early morning, and the fruit was rigorously hand sorted before whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation with indigenous yeasts.