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2002 CHARDONNAY. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

2002 CHARDONNAY. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

Layers of luscious white peach, ripe apples, and honeyed aromatics, interlaced with the vineyard's signature minerality

 

 

This is not a typical California Chardonnay, but is more in the style of a Burgundian grand cru. Layers of luscious white peach, ripe apples, and honeyed aromatics, interlaced with the vineyard’s signature minerality evolve into a smooth, elegant finish. The generous flavors of this graceful Chardonnay are balanced by just enough acid to create a lively, well-structured wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for several years.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2002
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Acid .54g/100ml
Aging 12 months
Fermentation Barrel and Malolactic
Alcohol % 14.3

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes This is not a typical California Chardonnay, but is more in the style of a Burgundian Grand Cru. Layers of luscious white peach, ripe apples, and honeyed aromatics, interlaced with the vineyard's signature minerality evolve into a smooth, elegant finish. The generous flavors of this graceful Chardonnay are balanced by just enough acid to create a lively, well-structured wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for several years.
Vineyard Notes With spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean less than one mile away, the vineyard is divided into 20 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, traversing elevations ranging from 1200 to 1700 feet above sea level.
Winemaker Notes The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in small 5 gallon buckets. Once at the winery, the fruit was hand sorted and then whole cluster pressed. After pressing, the wine underwent barrel and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and used French oak. Once the final blend was determined, the wine was racked and bottled without fining or filtration to maintain the natural flavor, texture and youthfulness of the wine.
Other Notes Many have hailed 2002 as the finest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir. It also turned out to be an excellent year for Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Overall, the growing season was mild, with a few temperature spikes in May and June. July, August and September were typical for the region - moderately warm days with a gentle dip in the temperature at night.
 

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