2014 Chardonnay Bicentennial
Our 2014 Bicentennial Chardonnay entices with alluring aromatics of fragrant white flowers, Meyer lemon zest and honeydew melon framed by flinty wet stone. Complex layers of bright citrus, apricot and crisp pear are at the foundation of this sleek and vibrant Chardonnay. The focused palate is extended by mouthwatering acidity and the Fort Ross Vineyard cool coastal minerality. Bottling unfined and unfiltered contributes to the seamless texture and long, persistent finish.
Fort Ross Vineyard was selected to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to commemorate the 1812 – 2012 Bicentennial of the old Russian Settlement of Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast. This was the site of the first grape plantings in all of Sonoma County and even foreshadowed the plantings in Napa County. The winery was given permission from the Kunstkamera of the St. Peter the Great Museum in St. Petersburg to use the 1841 painting of the historic Fort Ross by the famous naturalist, Il'ya Vosnesenky