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2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2010 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Chardonnay

SONOMA COUNTY


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TASTING NOTES

A striking aroma of honeysuckle jumps out of the glass, followed by poached pear, apricot, honeydew melon and crème brûlée. The palate picks up on the poached pear and adds a touch of butterscotch, honey, a nice lemon-lime zing and supporting undertones of toasty oak. We're delighted with how successfully the 2010 strikes a balance between texture and body on the one hand, and acidity and verve on the other. If we had to compare it to a past vintage, we'd say this one is closest to our 2005 or 2008.

While both tempting and rewarding now, it's only going to improve with a bit of patience. We expect the wine to really start hitting its stride somewhere between late summer and Thanksgiving, and then enjoy a graceful evolution over the next 3 to 5 years. If you've been a fan of our Russian River Chardonnay in the past, this wine will deliver on every level!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: late 2012 through 2015
Graceful ageability: 2016+

VINEYARDS

86% Stiling, 9% Wildcat Mountain, 5% Green Acres Hill  

CLONES

65% Rued, 21% Sees, 5% Old Wente, 3% Robert Young, 3% Prosser and 3% clone 4

STATS

pH: 3.36
  |  TA: 6.2 g/L
  |  Alcohol: 14.5%

Bottling: December 6, 2011  |  Release: Spring 2012
Cases Produced: 272

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