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2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2013 Russian River Valley

Chardonnay

SONOMA COUNTY


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TASTING NOTES

Can a wine be wonderfully recognizable and delightfully unexpected at the same time? We think so! One of our great pleasures is helping people rediscover the many facets of the Chardonnay grape. While celebrating the essence of the Russian River Valley, this Chard nonetheless prides itself on standing out from the crowd. 

The Rued clone from Stiling Vineyard gives the blend its exotic signature each year, bringing delicate notes of jasmine and almond supported by lavish flavors of baked pear, quince and tropical fruits on the textured yet energetic palate. Offering stylistic counterpoints, Clone 4 from just a mile down Vine Hill Road provides vibrant green apple and a mineral note, while the Robert Young clone from the Petaluma Gap completes the ensemble with rich baked apple and extra body on the gently creamy finish. 

Lovely on its own or as a complement to the meal, we think this is a perfect way to start (or finish) an evening. If you were excited by the 2012, you’ll find the 2013 marches lockstep with it in quality and character. While forward and generous enough young, our Chardonnays do quite nicely with 3-6+ years on them. So go ahead and give one a try this summer, but consider putting some down for future gratification as well. The optimum window for this wine may truly begin about a year from now.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: late 2015 through 2018
Graceful ageability: 2019+

VINEYARDS

50% Stiling, 36% Black Emerald, 14% Roberts Road

CLONES

50% Rued, 36% Clone 4, 14% Robert Young

STATS

pH: 3.36 |  TA: 6.3g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: December 8, 2014  |  Release: Spring 2015
Cases Produced: 341 

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