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Pear and mango soften a gravelly texture of complex, fruit-forward flavor in this floral, well-balanced wine, savory with a touch of herb. Medium bodied with crispness lurking behind the fruit, it's been aged sur lie in French and Hungarian oak that never intrudes.
Great wine begins with great fruit and the relationship between terroir, rootstock, clone and vineyard methods is at the heart of it. For the 2014 vintage, we selected pristine vineyards from the coolest parts of the Sonoma Coast to showcase the very best the region has to offer. The wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie in French and Hungarian oak for 11 months, 30% of which was new oak. Tropical fruit and crisp apple aromas dominate the nose and then open up to creamy hints of vanilla. This 2014 Chardonnay is bright and crisp on the palate with flavors of yellow apple, pear, ripe pineapple, and orange blossom, balanced by an elegant accent of oak and vanilla. Its bright acidity and minerality highlight its Somoma Coast origins for a lingering finish.2014 was an excellent vintage in the Sonoma Coast. We had a relatively early start to the growing season, but moderate temperatures and consistently dry, warm days throughout the winter and spring resulted in ideal ripening of the fruit. Overall, the vintage produced grapes of high quality and nice acidity. The grapes were harvested September 14th to September 22nd, 2014 at optimum ripeness. ~Winery Notes.
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