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2004 CHARDONNAY RESERVE, Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast: LIBRARY

2004 CHARDONNAY RESERVE, Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast: LIBRARY

94 Points -  WINE ENTHUSIAST

 

 

Expansive aromas of perfumed peach blossoms, orange melon, apricot crumble and caramelized hazelnuts lure the senses, leading to a core of complex flavors built around lemon curd and delicately spiced poached pears. This golden hued wine has a seductively soft texture that is perfectly balanced by just the right amount of lively acidity and minerality, characteristic of the vineyard. The initial roundness evolves seamlessly through the long, elegant finish. This sleek and well-structured Burgundian-style wine will continue to evolve for many years.

94 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST
At the age of four years, this Chardonnay is losing its primary fruit character and picking up rich, complex aged notes of glazed cashews, baked pineapple and dried peaches and apricots. It’s also very spicy. Really fascinates the palate, offering a different experience each second, and should continue to interest for several more years.

2004 Chardonnay Reserve Tech Sheet

Wine Specs

Vintage 2004
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date October 4-8, 2004
Acid .52g/100ml
Aging 17 Months
Bottling Date March 02, 2006
Alcohol % 14

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Expansive aromas of perfumed peach blossoms, orange melon, apricot crumble and caramelized hazelnuts lure the senses, leading to a core of complex flavors built around lemon curd and delicately spiced poached pears. This golden hued wine has a seductively soft texture that is perfectly balanced by just hte right amount of lively acidity and minerality, characteristic of the vineyard. The initial roundness evolves seamlessly through the long, elegant finish. This sleek and well-strucutred Burgundian-style wine will continue to evolve for many years.
Winemaker Notes The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in small five-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 1 year 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. The final blend of this Reserve Chardonnay was selected from individual barrels chosen for their fruit concentration, complexity and balance. This wine is comprised of 60% old Wente, which is fruity and graceful and 40% small berried old Hyde field selection for its richness and sleek structure.
Other Notes After a very early budbreak and warm weather that accelerated vine development it looked as if we would have a bountiful crop, however the weather turned cold during bloom and there was a very light berry set. Some blocks ultimately produced only a half a ton per acre. The climate was then moderate for most of the growing season but during August and early September there was a period of unusually hot and dry weather. Being so near to the ocean we were able to wait for the desired level of ripeness and fortunately the weather cooled off. The vineyard's marine-moderated climate allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully into mid-late September when we harvested small berries with complete flavor development and lively acidity. October 4-8Oc
 

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