Alexander Valley is one of the key winegrowing areas in California’s Sonoma County. One of the warmer parts of Sonoma, the vineyards stretch from the edge of the Russian river up into the foothills of the Mayacamas mountains that separate Sonoma from Napa. The wine was barrel fermented and then aged on the lees for 9 months.
This is a full-bodied, round and flavorful Chardonnay. Dense yet lively, with a bright golden hue it offers aromas of baked apple and pear followed by citrus blossom and white figs as well as subtle oak spice notes. The palate is rich and silky with good acidity that balances the wine. Flavors of lightly roasted hazelnuts, peach, pear and stone fruit are on the palate lead to a long finish of layering fruit and spice. Drink or hold.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% Alexander Valley
Alcohol Content: 14.3%
Barrel Description: French Oak, mostly neutral, some new low toast barrels
Cellar Potential: Drink now or cellar for the next 5-7 years.
Winemaking Info: Barrel fermented and then aged on the lees for 9 months.
Winemaker: Paul Johnson