2011 Chardonnay ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard

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Winemaker's Notes:

Located a few miles west of Sebastopol on the edge of the newly expanded Russian River Valley appellation, lies Peters Vineyard, the backbone of our production. An ideal location for Pinot Noir, this former apple orchard is blanketed by the cool ocean fog in the mornings and evenings, coaxing out the grapes’ best flavors. The hot sunny days intensify the fruit, and create just the flavor profile we are looking for in our  wine.

Peters Vineyard was our first-ever vineyard designate, and we continue to enjoy a close relationship with grower Randy Peters. His expert vineyard management helps us to consistently produce this incredibly luscious wine.

We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Chardonnay, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and  aging. This gives us many more blending options. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specific to Chardonnay. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to  ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine int

Tasting Notes:

Impressive Chardonnay well-balanced wine that rides stylistic lines.  Pale straw in color, driven by fresh meyer lemon flavors with crème brulee notes.  Mouth watering acidity from the start through the long finish.  Very drinkable now on its own or with crisp or spicy summer dishes.


Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
October 3, 2011
207 cases
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2011 Chardonnay ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard