Nose

It impresses with aromas of citrus blossom, spiced baked pears and honey-glazed brioche.

Palate

Layered yet seamless, it lifts off the palate with a hint of mandarin meringue, while an enduring essence of marzipan crème lingers through the lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

2012 was a rich, complex vintage for this quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay. 2012 has been described by many as “textbook perfect,” with both yields and quality being well above average. The growing season was long and mild, leading to even ripening, and harvest was completed before the first storm of the season arrived in late October. The wines from 2012 are expressive, balanced and delicious! Properties: Edward James Estate, Ellen Lane Estate, Ross Station Estate, O’Connor, Ulises Valdez Clonal Selections: Wente, Bato, Calera, 15, Mt. Eden, Robert Young

Harvest

Hand-harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 3-6 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 46% new; Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

The wine offers a brilliant citrine quartz color