Destino Russian River ValleyChardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

$42.19 $37.97
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Item No. 37502
  • white wine
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

The Wine ~ The grapes were picked at peak ripeness: 24 Brix in this vintage. Pressing was done as whole clusters, utilizing a membrane press to gently dejuice the grapes without breakage of skins, seeds, or stems. The juice was settled for 24 hours and racked to barrel for 100% barrel fermentation. Fermentation was conducted at approximately 55° F to promote a long, slow development of the fruit. Three distinctive yeasts, two isolates from Burgundian cellars and another from Champagne, were used to add complexity. Upon completion of primary fermentation, the barrels were stirred weekly to promote the breakdown of the yeasts adding additional layers of complexity as well as enhancing the creamy texture of the wine. Malolactic fermentation started at the completion of primary fermentation and continued through February. The wine was aged surlies for 16 months in barrel. This extra time allowed the slowly developing fruit to emerge and further enhance the richness and structure. Tasting Notes ~ (Barrel Sample 3/00) Dutton: ripe apple, butter, tightly focused but less developed at this stage, needs time to open up. Poplar: apricot, perfumey/floral high notes, intense fruit up front.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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