2015 Estate Clone 45 Chardonnay

Cecil De Loach has been farming Russian River Valley Chardonnay for over 30 years and was among a small group of vintners that helped define this valley as a premier Chardonnay region. The coastal fog that covers these vineyards on our rolling hills allows the grapes to ripen slowly, and give the flavors time to develop.
2015 was an exceptionally good year for growing grapes in the Russian River Valley. Coming into the 4th year of drought we expected lower yields but the weather cooperated with a steady temperatures causing the fruit to ripen slowly, ensuring maximum flavor development.
Clone 45, also known as French 77, is a clonal selection of Chardonnay originally from France's Cote d'Or. After cold fermentation the wine was aged in European oak barrels for 9 months bringing out the aromatic qualities of the grape.


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