2021 Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay

Gold, 93 points - North Coast Wine Competition

2021 Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay
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SKU: RY21CHAV-750ml
Alexander Valley
100% Chardonnay
Oak aging
18 months in 100% French oak; 35% new
Alcohol %
Tasting Notes
Our 2021 Alexander Valley Chardonnay has flavors and scents of Golden Delicious apples, grilled pears, pineapple and vanilla caramel with hints of orange blossom, kiwi and crème Brule. The body is full and balanced with a rich lingering finish. Pairs beautifully with grilled chicken and vegetables, creamy fettuccini and sauteed scallops.
Production Notes
54 Barrels Produced
Winemaker Notes
We handpicked our Chardonnay grapes for our Alexander Valley Chardonnay early in the morning to preserve the fruit’s integrity. The fruit is delivered in small bins to the winery at very chilly temperatures from the brisk autumn mornings. Whole clusters were added directly to the bladder press for a gentle pressing. After cold settling, we transferred the juice to stainless steel tanks for further settling and clarification. The juice was then racked off the lees into French oak barrels where fermentation was initiated inside the barrels. This wine undergoes 70-80% malolactic fermentation which converts the tart tasting malic acid to the softer lactic acid creating a rich, creamy complexity. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged sur lie in the barrels. After 15 months of aging on lees it was then racked to tanks for the final blend assemblage. The Alexander Valley Chardonnay is a lovely expression of our estate fruit balanced with rich, toasty, buttery oak - a gorgeous Chardonnay! Matt Michael, Winemaker