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.
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.


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