To create our Russian River Chardonnay, we source from different vineyard sites including one of our favorites, the Orsi vineyard, as well as our estate’s Maddie’s Vineyard. Each site represents a unique expression of Russian River Valley terroir. When we blend from these stellar sources, our intention is
to create a wine with an indisputable sense of place and a definitive character.
Entirely dry farmed, the Orsi Vineyard is cane pruned and produces very low yields of superb fruit. Although the vineyard was first planted in the 1970s, it is healthy due to the deep, well developed system of roots that result from the dry farmed approach. Orsi Vineyard Chardonnay adds intense aromas of fresh Gravenstein apple—a signature of the See clone—and a crisp finish with bright acidity and a trace of minerality to the blend.
Maddie’s Vineyard contains a scant one-acre of thirty-year-old Chardonnay vines. Located on a bench above the western edge of the Russian River, the soils of Maddie’s Vineyard are a mixture of river gravel, sand, silt, and fossil alluviums overlying ancient rock formations. Rich in nutrients and minerals, the soils are naturally well drained and consequently the vines deeply rooted. The Chardonnay from Maddie’s Vineyard adds a taste of wet stone fruit and a long, lingering finish to the blend.
Unlike the more challenging conditions of the previous year, 2007 was fairly temperate. The New Year began with a dry, warm January before the balmy temperature gave way to mild rains
in February and March, causing a slightly later budbreak. Light rain in April provided a favorable flowering in early June. The moderate summer had no extreme heat spikes, and instead brought misty mornings, which are common to this unique coastal climate, giving the fruit an opportunity to mature at a steady and unhurried pace. Harvest began around Labor Day in a few early-ripening blocks. Later ripening blocks enjoyed cool, mild weather in mid-September which allowed for the optimal ripening of the rest of the grapes and resulted in a spectacular harvest.
Upon release, Pinot Noir from the 2007 vintage is showing lively personality and rich fruit, while remaining extremely well-balanced with an elegant structure. Although this seductive wine is approachable now, notable acidity will allow for aging. Pinot Noirs from the 2007 vintage make an elegant statement and marry well with a variety of foods.
NOSE: Lemon curd and apricot, with a bit of clove and just a hint of wet wool. Don’t be surprised if you also detect an ever so faint whiff of vanilla cookies.
Palate: Layers of spiced apple, honey and nutmeg reveal seamlessly on a tight frame to give way to the long, lucious chamomile-tinged finish.