2015
Hawk Hill Chardonnay

Chardonnay
Description

The Hawk Hill Vineyard is situated in the far southwest corner of the Russian River Valley at an old stage coach stop. The vineyard hangs onto a steep south-facing hillside, bathed by regular fog cycles and coastal wind. Grapevines struggle to ripen their fruit at such a cool site, but meticulous viticlture practices and patience are rewarded with an opulent rage of flavors and impressive complexity from the long hang time. Minerality and acidity are preserved in this climate, deftly complementing the richness captured from our winemaking.

SCORE: 92 | APRIL 27, 2018 | WINE ADVOCATE

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

A golden hue in the glass.

Aroma: 

Offers alluring aromas of lemon crème, vanilla and a bright dash of Granny Smith apple.

Palate: 

Luscious flavors of almond paste and caramel lead to a hint of cinnamon spice upon the finish and are balanced with bright acidity and medium body.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

We select clone 5 grapes from Hawk Hill that are hand-picked, sorted, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented with native yeast. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, 38% new, for 13 months and undergoes 100% Malolactic fermentation before being bottled unfiltered.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Green Valley of the Russian River Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.24
  • Titratable Acidity: ​6.8 g/L
  • Production: ​190 Cases
  • Aging: 
    • 100% French Oak, 38% New
    • 13 Months in Barrel
    • 100% Malolactic Fermentation
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Rich Seafood Dishes
Cheese & Nuts:
Mild Cheeses
$52