2016 J Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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Awarded 92-points by Wine Spectator, our generous and spicy 2016 J Russian River Valley Chardonnay offers beautifully nuanced layers of ginger, clove and nutmeg that complement the rich fruit notes of Asian pear, preserved lemon, key lime and dried apple. Bright acidity lifts the palate, leading to a lingering finish.

The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley growing region. We hand-harvested the grapes at 24 Brix and pressed them gently using Champagne press cycles. The juice was 100% barrel fermented in 100% French oak, approximately 25% of which was new. Barrels contributed nuanced spice and toast notes, complementing but not overpowering the classic Russian River fruit characteristics of apple, pear and citrus. Each vineyard, block and clone was kept separate until blending in May, for a total of 26 different lots available for blending decisions.

Technical Notes

Vineyard::
Bow Tie and other select sources
Clones::
Chardonnay 17, Rued, W ente, 76, 4
Soils::
Goldridge fine sandy loam, Zamora loam, Yolo loam
Harvest Date::
August 26 – September 19, 2016
Alcohol Level::
14. 3%

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