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2015
Chardonnay

River West Vineyard
Russian River Valley

25.00 750ml

Taste Profile

The 2015 Davis Bynum Chardonnay has beautiful aromas of baked Fuji apples, lemon custard and white flowers. On the palate the wine opens up with toasty brioche, hazelnut and baking spice, with a lush finish that is balanced with acidity and a rich creaminess. Enjoy this Chardonnay with creamy cheeses, vegetable risotto or grilled halibut.

Vineyard

It has been said that Chardonnay show the hand of the winemaker more than other varietals. Our winemaker, Greg Morthole, believes there is some truth in that, but also believes the best vineyard sites yield fruit that distinctively express the characteristics of their location. Greg's signature is embedded in each vintage as he blends his favorite blocks and clones from our River West Vineyard. The end result is a delicious Chardonnay that shows characteristics of its origins derived from careful and deliberate winemaking choices which highlight our best lots of Chardonnay.

Style

Winemaking is light handed, with timely and deliberate choices made to craft a wine that genuinely reflects the vineyard and vintage. We like River West to show balance and restraint, rather than influencing it too much with winemaking decisions. It was fermented with native yeasts, and native malolactic in French oak barrels, 60% of which were two to four years old. The smaller percentage of new French oak plus the sur lie aging and monthly bâtonnage helped to round out the mouthfeel and coat the bright acidity, which is a hallmark of our favorite style of Chardonnay.

Harvest Date
8.13-26.2015
Avg. Brix at Harvest
23.6 Brix
Oak Aging
12 months in French oak barrels, 27% new
ALC
14.5%
PH
3.24
TA
0.75g/100ml
Soil
Well drained silt loam with gravelly areas
The Harvest
The Russian River Valley received warm, dry weather in January, and induced the vines into an early bud break at River West. At that point, we knew there would be a good chance of an early harvest that fall. Periods of coolness were punctuated by heat spikes in late June, causing a little burn on the skins, and a heat wave in mid-August, which resulted in grape sugars climbing quickly. Harvest started very early, on August 13.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
River West Vineyard
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Soil
Well drained silt loam with gravelly areas
Oak Aging
12 months in French oak barrels, 27% new

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