2006 Derbes Russian River Chardonnay

 

Vineyards: Heintz Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Clone: 4
Rootstock: St. George
Yield: 2.5 tons/acre
Harvest Date: October 17th 2006
Harvest Brix: 23:1
TA: 0.79%
pH: 3.25

 

Winemaking
Hand harvested, sorted, whole cluster pressed.  Settled and racked to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated with Champagne yeasts.  Barrel aged sur lies for 12 months with batonnage in 100% French oak (30% new) until bouquet and flavors reached full balance.  Partially malolactic fermented.  Bottled unfined on August 28th 2007.

 

Winemaker Tasting Notes
This wine shows aromatics of minerals, citrus, guava and green tea tones.  The palate is zesty and juicy, with some hints of vanilla, and has a long finish.  Enjoy alone or with food.