100% Chardonnay
Toasted Head

retail price: $18.00
club price: $15.30
cases:not available
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 11, 2008
date profiled:Mar 4, 2011
region:Northern California
AVA:Russian River Valley
vineyards:The grapes for our Barrel ... The grapes for our Barrel Reserve Chardonnay come from five outstanding vineyards in the Russian River Valley
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:20% New  
oak aging: 10 Months  
chardonnay 100%
Winemaker Blake Kuhn Notes
The grapes for our Barrel Reserve Chardonnay come from five outstanding vineyards in the Russian River Valley. This celebrated cool-climate region, with its morning fog and chilly evenings, enjoys a lengthy growing season, affording our Chardonnay grapes extended hang time on the vine. Warm, sunny afternoons and well-drained Goldridge sandy loam soils ripen the grapes to perfection, enabling our winemaker to craft a distinctive, complex Chardonnay with rich fruit, oak, and malolactic flavors balanced by fresh acidity and the Russian River Valley’s telltale minerality.

The grapes were handpicked in early morning and gently destemmed and pressed to optimize freshness and purity. The juice was fermented entirely in French oak barre ...more... ls from eight different coopers (including François Frères, Louis Latour, and Mercier), with 100% of the lots going through malolactic fermentation to promote a rich, creamy texture. The wine was aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) in barrel for 10 months, with weekly stirring for the first 10 weeks to protect the young wine’s flavors from oxidation and to enhance its structure. It was racked off the lees and settled in tank for six weeks before bottling.
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