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2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
94 Pts Wine Enthusiast

The Château de Chambord to our Versailles in our portfolio, this meticulously crafted, limited-production of 423 cases embodies the elegance, boldness, and complexity of the Hertelendy winemaking philosophy. This polished Chardonnay combines graceful poise and purity with full-bodied richness and structure. The bouquet displays tropical fruit, honeysuckle and hints of lemon zest. The palate is alive with bright acidity and delicate minerality followed by notes of citrus, guava and crème brulee. Lingering flavors and textural richness lead to a long-lasting, luxurious finish full of character and finesse.

The premium grapes were sourced from multiple pristine sites in the Russian River Valley along the Sonoma Coast. Both old vine clone 4 and mature Dijon clone vines were selected for the production of the wine. Each block was individually harvested at optimal ripeness, letting nature perform its magic in the expression of the flavor and balance of the grapes. After gently whole cluster pressing the grapes, the juice was fermented by native yeast while in 100% new French oak barrels. For added complexity and mouth feel, the wine went through malolactic fermentation while aging "sur lees" for 15 months.

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Russian River Valley
17 Months - 90% new French oak
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94 Points in Wine Enthusiast – Best of Year 2017: "Fermented in all new French oak, this wine opens with an enchanting nose of floral beauty and freshness. Its sophistication follows through on the rich, balanced palate of caramel, papaya and crème brûlée, the lushness countered by a stony grit." — Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Ripe notes of tropical fruits, pink guava, pineapple, lemon cake, apricot, papaya, and honeysuckle. While the wine goes through 100% MLA, the palate is not over-oaked by and has is dominant of sweet tropical fruits and a gentle creaminess. The intensity of the fruit is outstanding and persists throughout all the way to a lengthy finish. This is a full throttle Chardonnay, and not for the faint of heart. Unapologetically a California style, but in no ways a butter bomb, just intense and bold fruit. A Cabernet lover’s Chardonnay." —The Wine Guys, 94 points
Best of Year 2017 — Wine Enthusiast