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2015 Luke's Grove Chardonnay

2015 Luke's Grove

Chardonnay

RUSSIAN RIVER VLYsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $37.80
RETAIL: $42.00


TASTING NOTES

Lush, immediately approachable and undeniably delicious, Luke’s Grove is often our Chardonnay ambassador for EK newbies and long timers alike. While we continue to fine-tune it in the vineyards and the cellar, it remains a quintessential Russian River Valley illustration of this varietal and our most widely popular since we introduced it way back in 2004.

Kent and Hanna have been especially focused on barrel selections over the last five years, looking for wood that perfectly supports and enhances the fruit. We feel confident that by 2015 we were fully dialed in and are so excited to share the results!

Now mostly comprised of Stiling Vineyard fruit, we chose to pick this vineyard in several stages to provide both ripeness and natural acidity. A small 4% addition of Fallenleaf Vineyard (new to the blend) lends the Old Wente clone’s custardy bass notes while another 4% of Green Acres Vineyard Hyde clone contributes both texture and verve.

Overall, the 2015 follows previous vintages for Luke’s Grove; Classic Russian River Chardonnay richness and a sunny, fruit-driven disposition. However, we find a bit more minerally stoniness on the finish than in the past and the final wine manages to be both hedonistic and refined at the same time. If you have enjoyed the 2013 and 2014 vintages, the 2015 will deliver on every level and then some!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: mid 2017 through 2021
Graceful ageability: 2022+

VINEYARDS

92% Stiling, 4% Fallenleaf, 4% Green Acres Hyde Clone

CLONES

92% Rued, 4% Old Wente, 4% Old Wente Hyde

STATS

pH: 3.34  |  TA: 6.6 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: December 8, 2016 |  Release: Spring 2017
Cases Produced: 285

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