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Russian River Valley
Our 2019 Chardonnay is a blend of 70 percent oak fermented and 30 percent stainless steel. Beautifully balanced vanilla and creamy texture with a little splash of green apple acidity at the end. The best from both Californian and French styles of Chardonnay. We often joke that it's the Chardonnay to change your mind for that reason; it's got something for every palate! Pair with everything from a cheese plate to hollandaise.
2021 Sunset International Wine Competition: DOUBLE GOLD, 97pts.
The Chardonnay is farmed from estate vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. We use only earth friendly farming practices (organic & biodynamic) and hand-pick all of the grapes only when they are perfectly ripe. The Chardonnay block on Soul Patch Vineyard sits at the very bottom of the eastern facing hillside. This is an extremely cool pocket of the vineyard, which allows the fruit longer hang time, resulting in bright, beautifully balanced acidity.
The grapes are brought into the winery where there they are hand sorted and whole cluster pressed into juice (different from most other wineries who crush first), garnering more brilliance of flavor from the grapes. 70% of the grapes are placed into French Oak barrels to undergo full malolactic fermentation, helping to develop smooth round textures and add richness to the wine. The other 30% is placed into stainless steel barrels, thus preserving the fruit and acidity which highlights the purity of our vineyard. The wine is then aged in the respective barrels for one full year. Just before bottling the oak & stainless steel barrels are blended.