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2015 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
2015 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
VINEYARD: This blend marries several outstanding vineyards from around the Russian River Valley, taking advantage of varied climates, with each vineyard contributing its unique site characteristics to the extended layers of richness and complexity.
 
TASTING NOTES: A fresh, vivacious style of Chardonnay with perfect balance, combining a full palate with generous fruit flavors, finesse and elegance. This Russian River blend offers a delicate floral and fruit bouquet with spicy undertones, flint and citrus aromas. On the palate, a supple attack with thirst-quenching Meyer lemon, tart apricot, starfruit, lime zest and a beautiful saline quality. Racy acidity accentuates the long, savory, slightly nutty finish. This wine combines satisfying richness with minerality, precision, pure Russian River Valley typicity and poise.
 
Westside Farms
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 4 miles
 
SIZE
40 acres
 
GROWERS
Ron & Pam Kaiser, Owners
Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Vineyard Managers
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Chardonnay: Clone 4 planted on AxR rootstock
 
SOILS
Yolo sandy loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
On the banks of the Russian River, this site offers a north/south row orientation with great east/west exposure that ensures the fruit gets enough sunlight to ripen fully. Lack of water stress means little irrigation is required; better for concentration and balance.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Chardonnay:
  • Lean, crisp, well-structured and food-friendly.
  • Long hang-time yields balance, elegance and ripe flavors without overripe characteristics
  • Full, firm clusters and slightly plump grapes with excellent acidity
  • Balance of flavor, acid, phenolics and sugar
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2011 Westside Farms Chardonnay
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
 
 
Bacigalupi Vineyards, Goddard Ranch
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
7.1 miles
 
SIZE
121 acres
 
GROWERS
Helen and John Bacigalupi, Owners
John Bacigalupi, Vineyard Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Chardonnay: Wente, clone 4, clone 5 planted on St. George, 110R and AxR rootstock
 
SOILS
Arbuckle gravelly loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
In 1956 Helen and Charles Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres of prime vineyard land and in 1964 they were one of the first in the Russian River Valley to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Bacigalupi family grapes garnered fame in 1976 when they were used to make Chateau Montelena’s winning entry in that year’s Paris Tasting. The oldest vines on the property were planted in 1967 on St. George rootstock and are a mix of head-trained and cordon-trained vines. Vine orientation in our blocks is predominantly north/south with east/west exposure.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Chardonnay: floral, honeysuckle, lemon oil, stone fruit
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
 
 
Rochioli-Allen Vineyards
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 5 miles
 
SIZE
8.4 acres
 
GROWERS
Joe Rochioli, Jr., Owner and Vineyard Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: New North Hill planted to Pommard on 101-14 root stock; Old North Hill planted West Block Selection on AxR#1 rootstock
Chardonnay: clones 15 and 76, planted on 039-16 rootstock
 
SOILS
Arbuckle gravelly loam; Yorkville-Laughlin complex
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
The Chardonnay was planted between 1995 and 2005; Old North Hill was planted in 1974; New North Hill was planted in 1996
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity and tannin; notably elegant
Chardonnay: Notably pure, fresh and transparent – with juicy stone fruit and tropical tones.
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2012 Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Chardonnay
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
• 2012 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir
 
 
McIntyre Vineyard (aka Starr Creek)
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
7.3 miles
 
SIZE
8 acres (3 acres of Pinot Noir and 5 acres of Chardonnay)
 
GROWERS
Gerald and Lynn McIntyre, Owners
Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Vineyard Managers
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Pommard, planted on SO4 rootstock
Chardonnay: 70% clone 4, 30% clone 76, all planted on SO4 rootstock
 
SOILS
Huichica loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
Located just off of Starr Road in Windsor, this vineyard sits east of the Russian River. Warm, sunny days, cool nights and early morning fog are typical. The Pinot Noir was planted in 1996 with rows running north/south and the Chardonnay was grafted onto 5 acres of Merlot in 2007. The clone 4 rows run north/south and the clone 76 rows run east/west.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: classic Russian River Valley red fruit, baking spices, citrus and soft, elegant structure
Chardonnay: tropical fruit aromas, honey, citrus and vibrant acidity
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
• 2012 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir
 
 
 
 
Martinelli, Parnell Ranch
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
14.5 miles
 
SIZE
12 acres
 
GROWERS
Martinelli Farms, Owner
George Martinelli, Vineyard Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Chardonnay: Wente and Robert Young selections
 
SOILS
Huichica loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
Planted in 1997 to 50% Wente and 50% Robert Young selections; 12 year-old vines run north/south; sandy loam drains well.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
n/a
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
 
 
Pellegrini, Olivet Lane Estate
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
11.6 miles
 
SIZE
65 acres (40 acres planted)
 
GROWERS
Pellegrini Family, Owner
Robert Pellegrini, Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Chardonnay: Wente, planted on AxR rootstock
 
SOILS
Huichica loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
Planted in 1975 to 1/3 Pinot Noir and 2/3 Chardonnay. The Olivet Lane Vineyard is situated on 65 acres of sloping bench land in the Russian River Valley, with warm summer days moderated by cool breezes and cool evening temperatures.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Chardonnay: Lemon oil, citrus peel, honey, lime and excellent acidity
 
WINES SOURCED HERE
• 2011 Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay
• 2012 Russian River Selection Chardonnay
 
 
Lazy W
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
3.3 miles
 
SIZE
n/a
 
GROWERS
Chris Bowland, Vineyard Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Chardonnay: Clone 4, planted on 101-14 rootstock
 
SOILS
Alluvial land, sandy
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
Planted in 1988; close proximity to river and deep alluvial sandy soil so no irrigation required until August
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Chardonnay: Classic Russian River fruit, tropical, lean, great acid retention
 
 
 
Vineyards:  Westside Farms, Bacigalupi Vineyard– Goddard Ranch, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Rochioli Vineyard, Allen Vineyard, Lazy W Vineyard, Martinelli Vineyard– Parnell Ranch
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 9 months in 35% new French oak
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH / T.A.: 3.24 / 7.1 gm/L
Production: 4,368 Cases


 
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