2014 J Chardonnay, Bow Tie Vineyard

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The 2014 Bow Tie Vineyard Chardonnay offers a sensual expression of the Rued or Z clone. A descendant of Muscat, this Chardonnay clone offers aromas of orange peel and exotic spice. 

Whole clusters were hand-harvested at 24 Brix then pressed gently. Free-run juice and press juice were fermented separately using a combination of indigenous and proprietary yeast strains from Burgundy. A long, slow fermentation allowed the wine to develop a mélange of aromas and flavors. We select tight-grain, medium-toast French oak barrels that impart an elegant vanilla flavor with a nuanced spice character to the wine. A three-month malolactic sur lies conversion gives the wine its silky, creamy mouthfeel.

Technical Notes

Vineyard::
Bow Tie
Clones::
76 & Z
Soil Types::
Zamora; Yolo; Cortina
Aging::
14 months, 100% French oak barrels
Harvest Date::
September 1 — 6, 2014
Residual Sugar::
0.26g/100ml
pH::
3.57

One of our estate vineyards, Bow Tie is located within the middle reach of the Westside Road, following the undulating bends of the Russian River. The 16 acres of Chardonnay we select for this wine are planted on a slope that leads to the banks of the Russian River. This location highlights the unique terroir and minerality of ancient riverbeds along these banks.

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