Chardonnay, Quail Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley, 2019
2019 was a great vintage here in Sonoma County. After a wetter than average winter and very wet spring, the vines were delayed in budbreak and bloom by about 2 or 3 weeks. Summer was quite warm but harvest was still delayed overall by a couple weeks on most blocks.
Our Rued clone chardonnay (a Wente clone offshoot originally known as Chardonnay Musque) was handpicked at Lynmar’s Quail Hill Vineyard at daybreak and brought to the winery where is was whole cluster pressed straight to a mix of new and used French oak barrels. We left the barrels in the sun for a few hours for three days in a row so the juice could warm and ferment with indigenous yeasts. Fermentation took about 5 weeks and malolactic fermentation was another 5 weeks after that. This wine was left on primary lees for 11 months before coming together just before bottling. We bottled this wine unfined and unfiltered.
This wine starts out full of white peach, juicy white nectarine, lemon meringue pie and toasted almonds. The palate is buoyant with flavors of ripe peach nectar, jasmine and honeysuckle and a touch of citrus zest. Although the mouthfeel is incredibly full and lush, the finish is very clean and bright with great acidity.
Russian River Valley
Harvest date: 10.07.2019
Bottling date: 08.10.2020
Oak/Stainless Profile: 100% French oak, 30% new oak barrels, 11 months
Malolactic fermentation: 100%