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Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

 

2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Vineyard

This elegant wine consists of fruit from four of our cool climate vineyards: Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a hillside site, exposed to extreme wind and cold, that contributes bright citrus aromas and flavors; just downhill, Champlin Creek and Diamond Ranch, both in Carneros, lend structure and backbone to the wine; Green Valley Vineyard on the Russian River offers fresh acidity from morning fog as well as richness acquired from warm afternoon sun.


 

Vintage & Winemaking

2012 was a warm, gentle growing season, ideal for Chardonnay on the Sonoma Coast.  There were no rain events that hampered the harvest and the fruit was able to hang perfectly on the vine until ready to pick.  Grapes were harvested at night and in the early morning to preserve fruit freshness and then gently pressed whole-cluster to maximize quality.  To develop richness and body, some of the lots were aged on the lees in French oak barrels, with occasional stirring.  About two-thirds of the wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation in order to create a round mouthfeel while preserving acidity. 


 

Tasting Notes

Alison says, “The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens up
with aromas of warm pear compote, honeycrisp apple and a hint of Tahitian vanilla bean.  Ripe peach and honeysuckle blossoms mingle with  flavors of orange and lemon zest.  Throughout, a resonant core of acidity provides the perfect counterpoint to the rich and luxuriant finish.”


 
Alcohol, 13.5%; pH, 3.59; total acidity, 6.3 g/L; 1,232 cases produced.
     
 

$17.99 / BOTTLE

 

Monterey Pinot Noir

Our Monterey Pinot Noir is blended from a few acres in each of four vineyards scattered along benchlands near the Santa Lucia Highlands that are subject to the cool, foggy influence of Monterey Bay.
 

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

We blend our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from select blocks in our estate vineyards located in the Petaluma Gap, Carneros and Russian River appellations.
 

Rodgers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Rodgers Creek Vineyard is sourced from a single site high on a ridge exposed to extremes of both wind and fog, from the Pacific as well as San Francisco Bay.
 
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