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Chardonnay 2022, RRV

Chardonnay 2022, RRV
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This Chardonnay comes from a small block in the Russian River Valley, grown by our friend and longtime grape grower Andrew Forchini. Fermented cold and slow in a combination of barrels, we are proud to be able to once again bring a bottling of this rich and zesty white varietal back after decades without one.

Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Forchini Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 24, 2022
7.4 g/L
8 months in 16% new French oak barrels, 17% 2-year-old French Acacia barrels, 67% 5-8 year-old neutral oak barrels
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Subtle aromas of fresh squeezed lemon mingle with traces of butterscotch. Reminiscent of a classic Chablis, this Chardonnay offers luscious yet delicate flavors that envelope the palate with the perfect balance of fruit and an inviting minerally saline essence. A mix of Lisbon lemon, green apple, lime peel and mandarin is woven with hints of mouthwatering minerality. The citrus flavors linger long, giving extra moments to savor the wine.
Vineyard Notes
My father Fred planted Chardonnay during the 1990’s in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino, specifically at the vineyard formerly known as Floodgate. Following the 2002 vintage, the vineyard was sold, and we switched our focus to producing our estate grown 3V blend as well as Sauvignon Blanc as our white wines. We had been buying Old Vine Carignane from the Forchini family since 2006, and we know Andrew Forchini to be a wonderful farmer and person to work with. In late summer of 2021, he asked if we might have interest in taking the very last small bit of Chardonnay from his home ranch in the Russian River Valley that would be remaining on the vines after he fulfilled his contracts.
Production Notes
The small but flavorful crop impressed us so much, we’ve decided to make it a part of our regular line up. Showcasing partial barrel fermentation to accentuate the best of the flavors and texture of Russian River Valley Chardonnay, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal to pair with oysters on the half shell, Hamachi sashimi, or seared scallops served on a bed of lemon risotto.