2005 Chardonnay - Alexander Valley

In keeping with our classic style of Chardonnay, we have blended fruit from eight of our most prized vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Napa/Carneros. This Chardonnay is a fruit-focused offering with tropical overtones of papaya and mango supplemented by toasty almond flavors. It is a wonderfully complex wine with impressive balance and length.

Vintage Notes

Fruit from four distinctly different growing regions in Sonoma County was selected by the winemaking team for this wine. Grapes came from our estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and also from the Napa/Carneros. A mild late spring and summer ensured a healthy canopy, which provided the perfect combination of sunlight and heat penetrating the grape clusters. These conditions allowed the grapes to reach full maturity in both flavor and structure. Harvest was completed mid-October.

Winemakers Notes

Each individual lot for this wine was either whole cluster pressed or gently crushed, de-stemmed, pressed and then cold settled for two days in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels. Aged separately in French oak, the winemaking team was able to select from the various individual lots to create the final blend. The wines completed 65 percent malolactic fermentation and were sur lie aged and stirred every two weeks for ten months. The end result is a captivating wine with tropical overtones supplemented by toasty almond with impressive balance and length.

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay (88% Alexander Valley; 8% Russian River Valley; 3% Dry Creek Valley; 1% Napa Carneros)

Cooperage: 100% French Oak ( 30% new French oak; 30% one-year old French oak; 40% two-year old French oak)

Release Day: March 1, 200


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