2015 Estate "Third Alarm" 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:
Coming into the 4th year of drought we expected lower yields but theweather cooperated with a steady temperatures causing the fruit to ripen evenly, ensuring maximum flavor development.
Our Chardonnay is crushed and de-stemmed immediately to press, then the juice is fermented in French oak barrels. While in barrel, the wine goes through a malolactic fermentation that naturally creates a light buttery flavor and smooth mouth feel. While on its lees the wine is hand stirred in barrel once a month, and topped twice a month for eight months. This process develops and additional complexity of flavors and aromas.