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.
THE GROWING SEASON:
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.