"This Chardonnay comes from Don Miguel Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
It was handpicked, whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeasts in French Oak barrels. We stirred the lees throughout malolactic fermentation and aged the wine for 9 months surlee. Our Chardonnay has bright acidity and ripe notes of pear and Gravenstein apple."
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David Bruce Winery was founded during the revival of the Santa Cruz Mountain wine industry between the 1950s and 1970s. Bruce selected his vineyard site because of its proximity to Martin Ray and with the belief that the high elevation and mesoclimate of the area would be well suited for growing the Burgundian wine grapes of Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
In 1975, British wine merchant Steven Spurrier selected 1973 bottling of David Bruce Chardonnay for his 1976 Paris tasting that would put Californian Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon against their French counterparts from Burgundy and Bordeaux, respectively. While the overall Chardonnay category was won by a Californian wine from Napa Valley, the 1973 David Bruce Chardonnay placed last of the 10 Chardonnays being tasted