8 cases remaining
If 2012 was thought to be the perfect vintage, then 2013 really blew our minds. The year started out with a dry winter, but high spring rains added to the water table just in time. The summer was hot, but even without any major heat spikes. Harvest came a bit early (or closer to normal) than the previous years.
The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to a tank, after being picked at 3:00 am. After cold settling just 24 hours in tank, the juice was racked to a combination of new and used French Oak barrels. This Chardonnay was allowed to ferment with wild yeast. The juice fermented very slowly for four weeks before going through malolactic fermentation. The barrels were stirred every other week for 9 months and left on the lees until bottling. The wine was gently moved to tank just before bottling. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
White peach leads the way on our 2013 Chardonnay, followed by subtle hints of crisp honeydew melon, a touch of orange blossom, and some creamy vanilla to round it all out on the aroma. The palate is fruit driven in the fore-front, but quickly gives way to a rich and lush mid-palate and then finishes with a gentle and palate cleansing acidity.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 166 cases
Aging: 11 months in barrel 50% new French oak
Cooperage: Francois Freres, medium toast
Harvest TA: 6.3 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.58
Harvest Date: September 8th 2013
Brix at Harvest: 26.5
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay