2009 Russian River Chardonnay

The Vineyard
Our family began its grape growing traditions in the Russian River Valley when Henry Rued planted a vineyard in the region in the 1880s. Today, we farm a small vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are cultivated. The fog that reliably covers the region during the morning hours of the growing season help to create time on the vine by slowing the Chardonnay’s ripening.

 

Tasting Notes and Observations
Our 2009 Chardonnay enjoys that singular quality that makes cool climate wine so desirable: balance. The bright straw color with a slight green tint introduces aromas of summer cantaloup, sweet vanilla and notes of five-spice. These intriguing aromas are wrapped up in refreshing notes of gravenstein apple and sweet citrus. On the palate this wine delivers a crisp attack that expands into rich flavors of yellow delicious apple, meyer lemon and sweet summer herbs. Let this wine evolve in your glass and you’ll be rewarded by even richer textures and uncover a core of butterscotch and peaches. The crisp acidity and intensity of flavor gives us every reason to believe it will continue to improve for three to four years.

 

Bottttling Date: April 2010
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Productction: 686 cases