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Fort Ross Vineyard

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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