lively aromas of citrus, nectarine and yellow flowers.
The supple texture and
seamlessly structured palate are layered with white peach, apricot, lemon zest and
Gravenstein apple. Notes of minerality linger over the long, pleasurable finish.
2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa
Counties. Summer was warm, and as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our
chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The
wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.
Edward James Estate, Ellen Lane Estate, Ross Station Estate, O’Connor,
Clonal Selections: Wente, Bato, Calera, 15, Mt. Eden, Robert Young
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013.
Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 3‐5 months to completion
Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 46% new; Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.
The quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this wine offers a lustrous pale straw