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2007 Vintner Select Chardonnay

Our estate Chardonnay is grown on 1.1 acres of rocky soil at the peak of our property, an elevation of over 2000 feet. High above the morning fog that blankets the valley floor, but often cooled by the winds that sweep inland from the Pacific coast, the grapes obtain fully ripe varietal flavors of apricot, melon, pear and rose petals. Hand picked grapes are gently pressed and then racked to French oak barrels, with a total of 40% new oak and 60% one to four year old oak barrels. Fermentation in oak, full malolactic fermentation, and aging on the lees for nine months adds complexity to the wine, bringing subtle aromas of baked custard as well as fleshing out the texture of the mid-palate. A hint of bright acidity in the finish completes a wine that balances both power and delicateness, a beautiful expression of the terroir of our estate.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2007
Harvest: October 2007
Fermentation: French Oak
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: July 2008
Production: 234 cases
Release Date: November 2008
Price: $47.00
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Reviews

  • Wine Spectator: Web Only
    Rating: 93

    Starts out with subtle baked apple, fig, spice and buttery oak and then builds intensity and depth, keeping its focus. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet light on its feet. Drink now through 2012. 234 cases made. –JL

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2009, Issue 144
    Rating: 89

    Good bright, full yellow. Subdued aromas of yellow plum and sweet lemon drop. Big, rich and dry, with a concentrated peach flavor complicated by hints of honey and tropical fruits. A tad warm and phenolic, but possesses solid structure and finishes with good cut. Not quite as thick or oily as some past vintages under this label.