2015
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. After being aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new oak, barrels were hand-selected to assemble the final blend before being bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

A lovely golden color in the glass.

Aroma: 

Aromatic notes of lemon meringue and spiced apples are complemented with notes of caramel.

Palate: 

Creamy flavors of green apple, ripe pear and almond paste are accented with notes of cinnamon and a touch of oak.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2015 vintage of Our Finest Selection Chardonnay is a partnership amongst the best vineyards within the Russian River Valley. Harvest extended over four weeks, from the middle of August through early 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
  • 3.30 pH
  • Titratable Acidity: 5.90 g/L
  • Aged in Oak: 100 %
    • 25 % New Oak
  • Origin of Oak: French
  • Months in Barrel: 14
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Moroccan tagine or spiced lamb chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Goat Cheese Fondue
$32