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Russian River Valley
Our 2016 Estate Chardonnay is a beautiful, crisp, clean, yet savory expression of the Russian River. A fun, flavor-rich chardonnay with aromas of exotic tropical fruit, lemon custard, and spice! Each year our goal is to achieve the seamless balance between the old world and the new world, while maintaining “a sense of place” or terroir – the special characteristics of a region that share similar soil and weather conditions that are unique to that one place on earth. In addition to this focus on terroir, we always strive to highlight the subtle nuances that make each vintage distinct.
Prince of Pinot - "Best White Wine Sweepstakes Award at the 2017 Sonoma County
Harvest Fair. Sourced from the Estate Soul Patch Vineyard. Farming is
organic and biodynamic. Whole cluster pressed. 70% of grapes go to French
oak barrels to undergo full malolactic fermentation. 30% is placed into
stainless steel barrels. Aged one year and just before bottling the oak and
stainless steel barrels are blended. . Moderately light golden yellow color
in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh-cut apple, lemon and ineapple. Sleek,
crisp and satisfying, with flavors of lemon, pineapple, yellow apple and
nutty oak that wow. Bright, clean acidity keeps the fruit in balance. The
wine walks the line between fruit exuberance and vibrancy and can easily
steal your heart. Score: 94
2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD, BEST OF CLASS &
SWEEPSTAKES BEST WHITE WINE IN COMPETITION
The Chardonnay is farmed from estate vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. We use only earth friendly farming practices (organic & biodynamic) and hand-pick all of the grapes only when they are perfectly ripe. The Chardonnay block on Soul Patch Vineyard sits at the very bottom of the eastern facing hillside. This is an extremely cool pocket of the vineyard, which allows the fruit longer hang time, resulting in bright, beautifully balanced acidity.
The grapes are brought into the winery where there they are hand sorted and whole cluster pressed into juice (different from most other wineries who crush first), garnering more brilliance of flavor from the grapes. 70% of the grapes are placed into French Oak barrels to undergo full malolactic fermentation, helping to develop smooth round textures and add richness to the wine. The other 30% is placed into stainless steel barrels, thus preserving the fruit and acidity which highlights the purity of our vineyard. The wine is then aged in the respective barrels for one full year. Just before bottling the oak & stainless steel barrels are blended.