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2015 La Pommeraie Chardonnay 750ml

Russian River Valley

97 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Robert Parker, 91 Wine Spectator

This intense and concentrated single vineyard Chardonnay begins with vivid aromas of citrus blossom, pineapple and green papaya.  Then the vibrancy of the wines’ aroma is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of candied orange rind, crème brûlée with a mineral laden finish.

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

This intense and concentrated single vineyard Chardonnay begins with vivid aromas of citrus blossom, pineapple and green papaya. Then the vibrancy of the wines’ aroma is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of candied orange rind, crème brûlée with a mineral laden finish.

Vineyard Notes

This Zio Tony Ranch Vineyard sits along Laguna Ridge at the edge of the Green Valley AVA. Meticulously farmed and planted at a very high density of 2420 vines per acre, the vineyard is planted to Dijon clone 548 and 95. Once a spectacular apple orchard we pay homage to the Martinelli Family and the history of the site by naming the wine ‘La Pommeraie’ – French for apple orchard.

Specifications

Vintage 2015
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Russian River Valley
Harvest Date September 3 & 5, 2015
Acid 0.66 mg/L
PH 3.51
Aging 16 months in French Oak, 35% new
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol % 14.5
Size 750 ml

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