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2016 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay Russian River Valley

2016 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay Russian River Valley
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Tasting Notes

This wine has a brilliant silver straw hue with intense aromas of Honeycrisp apple and ripe pear and notes of vanilla bean, caramelized sugar, and well-integrated oak spice. Bright, vibrant flavors of sweet citrus and pear layer over a core of minerality with toasty brown spice and creamy custard. The wine is full bodied and rich with a silky texture and a long finish. The balanced acidity and structure of the wine will allow it to develop additional complexity with bottle age.

Vineyard Notes

The 2016 growing season was off to a great start with winter and spring rains, no frost events, and an earlier-than-normal bud break. Warm, sunny days followed during fruit set, resulting in even cluster development. A classic ripening season consisting of cool night and morning temperatures with moderate daytime temperatures heating up in August brought an early harvest. After a brief heat and low humidity event, the fruit was ready at optimum Brix levels.

Winemaker Notes

After a gentle whole cluster press, 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in French oak. Malolactic fermentation was introduced to 100% of the wine to soften the acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. The wine was then stirred by hand every two weeks while it aged in the barrels sur lie for nine months before bottling.

Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
5.8 g/L
French oak, 39% new
Residual Sugar
0.7 g/L
Alcohol %
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