2014 River Road Ranch Chardonnay

River Road Ranch is a 115-acre jewel in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA. Chardonnay vines thrive in well-drained soils, shrouded with fog cooled nights, ideal growing conditions. The grapes for this wine came from two blocks of twelve and fifteen-year-old vines, planted with clones #4, 95, and 2A-Wente.

 

Cases produced: 836
Retail Price: $34
Appellation: Russian River Valley

 

Winemaking

We made this wine using time honored, traditional Burgundian protocols: pressing whole bunches for gentle juice extraction, settling the juice then racking directly to French oak barrels — 40% new. This year we used Grand Cru Toast barrels exclusively from Mercurey, an excellent small cooper. We added a special mixture of the previous year’s wine lees to initiate fermentation. The Chardonnay fermented slowly, over several months. Bottling date: December 15, 2015.

Alcohol: 14.4 percent by volume
TA: 6.6 g/l
pH: 3.42

Winemaker Notes

Elegant and seductive aromas of apple, citrus and vanilla lead to a smooth, silky palate—firm in structure, rich in flavor. The Chardonnay’s full dimension extends through a lingering finish with hints of orange peel and warm spice. This Chardonnay will continue to develop over the next five to seven years.