|Wine Type:||White Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 20th, 25th and 29th , 2011|
This 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is bursting with aromas of lemon custard, white peach and Crane melon. The lively aromatics are followed by equally intense flavors and an elegant finish. Barrel fermentation and oak aging for 14 months have added hints of vanilla bean, roasted hazelnut and baking spice to this complex and intriguing wine.
The 2011 vintage was defined by a very long and cold growing season, bracketed by abundant rainfall in the spring and fall. Greater than average rainfall in the spring pushed the growing season back through delayed bud break because of cold and wet soils. Spring and summer in the Russian River Valley persisted with cold and foggy weather, resulting in only a couple of days over 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold weather delayed ripening and pushed harvest back nearly one month. The yield was small but the grapes were of exceptionally high quality, with crisp acidity, gorgeous aromatics and intense flavors.
The Russian River Valley 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. 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.