2008 Chardonnay

80% Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley
World's Best Wine Values Under $25 - Robert Parker

$24.00
Currently Unavailable
Wine Type
White
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2008
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Varietal
Chardonnay
Varietal Specifics
100% Chardonnay
Oak
50% new and 50% once used French oak
Time in Oak
10
Winemaker Notes
Our grapes were hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed directly into 50% new and 50% once used French oak barrels. The wine was fermented with 100% native wild yeast. After fermentation the wine went through 100% native malolactic fermentation and was aged sur lies for 10 months. 8147 cases were produced.
Case Production
8147
Reviews
World's Best Wine Values Under $25
This brilliant Chardonnay boasts abundant amounts of honeysuckle and tropical fruits in medium-bodied, pure, crisp format. Only a light touch of wood is noticeable. Robert Parker, Parker's Wine Bargains - November 3, 2009
Release Type
Current

To obtain a balanced, food-friendly Chardonnay, we source our fruit from the cooler areas of the Russian River Valley - the majority of our Chardonnay comes from Dutton Ranch. The cooling, marine-layer influences enable our fruit to be picked with a high level of acidity, resulting in a bright, fresh and crisp wine.

The French oak aging on our 2008 Russian River Chardonnay, offers up wonderful aromas of vanilla and créme brulée; blending in with these warm aromas are bright scents of tropical and citrus fruits. On the palate, Meyer lemon, peach and melon are balanced by a creamy texture from sur lie aging.

The grapes were whole-cluster pressed directly into a combination of 50% new French oak and 50% used French oak. The wine went through native primary and malolactic fermentations and aged in barrel for 10 months.