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Gold Medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
The 2013 vintage was nothing short of amazing, giving this Chardonnay its lusciously ripe fruit expression of white peach, ripe pear, Golden Delicious apple, mango and papaya. On the silky palate, nuances of citrus blossoms and minerals meld with vanilla-spice notes from oak aging. We used barrel fermentation, partial malolactic fermentation and aging the wine on the yeast to enhance its opulent, mouth-coating texture, while naturally crisp acidity balances the wine with vibrancy. Chill and pour it just to sip with friends or to pair with favorite entrées.
Our 2010 Chardonnay Carneros beautifully captures the character of this notably cool growing season, which yielded delicate wines with great elegance and complexity. Sourced primarily from our estate vineyards in the Los Carneros region, its terroir flavor profile is consistent with previous vintages of this celebrated wine. The enticing aromas are scented with White Lady peach, Jonathan apple, white flower and honeycomb. On the palate, the richly textured flavors pick up baked apple, pear and white peach. Hints of hazelnut and crème brûlée from malolactic fermentation and barrel aging linger on the fruity finish.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
The picturesque Farina Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain is framed by native oaks. Positioned on an east-facing slope at 600 feet of elevation, this tiny vineyard's unique soils and mesoclimate foster small, highly concentrated grapes. Vinified with traditional winemaking techniques our chardonnay captures the vineyard terroir in its silky, complex fruit character, integrated with toasty nuances.
90 points, Wine Spectator
This chardonnay expresses the terroir of Thornton Vineyard's unique site on the eastern slope of the mountains along the Sonoma Coast. The small intensely flavored clusters gave the wine its myriad of vibrant stone fruit flavors, while barrel fermentation with wild yeast and 14 months of sur lie aging in French oak barrels enhanced its complexity, rich texture and long finish.
Carefully selected vineyards were chosen for this special bottling of Acacia Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Grown in the goldridge soils, the vines benefit from the cool morning temperatures and the temperate growing season inherent in the region. This wine is complex with mineral and mixed-apple flavors, which are enhanced by a delicate balance of acidity and oak barrel flavors developed while aging; the wine pairs well with bisque and grilled fish.