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Fort Ross Vineyard

2013 Peak Chardonnay

2013 Peak Chardonnay

Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Fort Ross Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 22 – 22, 2013
Aging
10 months in French oak; 40% new
Bottling Date
August, 2014 - Unfined & Unfiltered
Alcohol %
13.8
2 Bottle Limit
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$60.00
 
SKU: FOCHPK13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The color is a brilliant golden straw with a haze that is evidence of subtle stirring of the lees and bottling without fining or filtration. Intense aromas of Meyer lemon curd, orange blossom with hints of honeysuckle and wet stone captivate the senses. The exceptional mouth-feel that generously envelops the palate is energized by vibrant acidity. Layers of white peach, orange, zesty apricot and ground almonds with stony notes lead to the strikingly succulent finish.
Vineyard Notes
After heavy winter rains, the spring was warm and dry, followed by a dry summer. The vines began growing quickly and fruitfully. To keep the crop load modest, we went through the vineyard three times to thin the crop and position the canes and the bunches. After an unexpected rainfall in mid-September, the vineyard had time to dry out before the harvest began. The Pinot Noir blocks were harvested between September 12 – 26, the Chardonnay blocks between September 20 – 22 and the Pinotage on October 1.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in small two-gallon picking trays then hand sorted in the vineyard and gently whole cluster pressed at the winery. After pressing, the juice was put into barrels and underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in a combination of 40% new and 60% neutral French oak. This wine is comprised of small berried old Hyde field selection chosen for its richness with a sleek structure and small berried old Wente for its luscious fruit and grace. These heritage field selections have full, complex flavors that are intensified by the small size of both the bunches and the berries.
Production
209 cases

2013 Peak Chardonnay

2 Bottle Limit
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Fort Ross Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 22 – 22, 2013
Aging
10 months in French oak; 40% new
Bottling Date
August, 2014 - Unfined & Unfiltered
Alcohol %
13.8
Add To Cart
$60.00
 
SKU: FOCHPK13