2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay – River Road Ranch
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.
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.