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2017 Chardonnay, Hopkins River Ranch

2017 Chardonnay, Hopkins River Ranch

Double Gold Medal - SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Our single-vineyard Chardonnay is sourced from fruit off of the Hopkins River Ranch Vineyard. Owners, Bob and Toni Hopkins, tend their vineyard using sustainable and organic practices. The vines couldn't be situated in a better place; they grow happily along the river itself in the Russian River Valley AVA, off of Eastside Road.

There are two different Chardonnay clones represented in this bottle: Clone 809 and Clone 4. Clone 809 is a popular French clone lending muscat characteristics to the fruit: floral notes and flavors of stone-fruit and tangerine. Clone 4 is a classic French clone lending more traditional Chardonnay flavors like green apple and citrus.

We put our Chardonnay through secondary fermentation in the barrel. We barrel age with the lees (yeast), aka "sur lee aging," which allows us to control the acidity in the wine even further. Doing this develops a full mouthfeel with hints of toasted vanilla and caramel, without ending up with an overly buttery flavor profile. We are very proud of this elegant, Double Gold Medal-winning release!

Tasting Notes

Green apple, fig, meyer lemon, creme brulee, toasted hazelnut.

Production Notes

Cases Produced: 246

Winemaker Notes

Barrel-fermented in 25% new French oak for 9 months.

$35  ·  Members Only
StyleBarrel Fermented
AppellationRussian River Valley
DrinkableEnjoy by 2025
Harvest Date2017-09-27