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2012 Chardonnay

2012 Chardonnay
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2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay – River Road Ranch


The Vintage

Vintage 2012 was the most ideal growing season in recent history.  The mild winter-spring-summer-fall yielded grapes with sensational balance and luscious flavors.  We hand-harvested the Chardonnay from selected rows on September 28th and October 2nd.


The Wine

We made this wine using time-honored, traditional Burgundian protocols:  pressing whole bunches for gentle juice extraction, settling the juice then racking directly to French oak barrels — 40% new and the balance one and two-years-old.  Our French coopers included Mercurey Grand Cru Toast and Remond.  We added a special mixture of the previous year’s wine lees to initiate fermentation. The Chardonnay fermented slowly, over several months. Bottling date:  December 17, 2013. 835 cases produced.


Winemaker Scot Covington’s Tasting Notes

Rich aromas of honeycomb, baked apple and toasted bread.  The palate is firm yet rich — a seamless expression of restraint and elegance. The silky texture extends through a lingering finish with hints of Mandarin orange peel and sweet Asian spice. This Chardonnay will continue to develop over the next five to seven years.


Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
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