2016
Our Finest Selection, O.F.S.

Chardonnay
Description

The hand-harvested grapes were whole-cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks for overnight settling. The juice was then racked to barrels for fermentation by native yeasts and malolactic conversion proceeded naturally during aging, while the lees-stirring contributed to enhanced mouthfeel. 

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

This beautiful Chardonnay opens with bright aromas of apple and mandarin blossoms with a touch of lemon curd and caramel.

Palate: 

 Creamy flavors of baked green apple, vanilla and almond paste are accented with notes of cinnamon and a touch of oak. Medium bodied, this wine has a long finish that spreads across the palate.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 vintage of Our Finest Selection Chardonnay is a partnership amongst the best vineyards within the Russian River Valley. Harvest extended over six weeks, from the middle of August through the end of September, with the warmer Ritchie and Estate vineyards being picked first. The remaining cooler vineyards harvested to make up this elegant, rich Chardonnay were Hawk Hill, Heintz, Boriolo, Norris, Windmill, and Piziali. The long growing season, in combination with moderate weather at harvest, contributed to the complexity and depth of the grape flavors.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Russian River Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
  •  pH: 3.39
  • Titratable Acidity:  5.6g/L
  • Aged in Oak: 100%
    • 35 % New oak
  • Origin of Oak: French
  • Months in Barrel: 16
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Moroccan tagine or spiced lamb chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Goat Cheese Fondue
Fruits & Vegetables:
Asian pears
$32