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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Lake Sonoma Russian River Chardonnay 2006
Lake Sonoma Russian River Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 93280)

PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine were whole cluster pressed to keep harsh phenolic compounds at a low level. After a short settling period, the clear juice was racked to French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was aged on the fermentation lees for five months with regular stirring to re-suspend the lees and make a rounder, more complex wine.

Flavors of apple and pears complement the soft vanilla oak profile and créme brulee-like finish.

This Chardonnay pairs readily with a variety of foods including fresh fruit, aged cheeses, green salads, lighter pasta, poultry, pork and seafood.

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About Lake Sonoma Winery:

Established in 1977, Lake Sonoma Winery follows a "best of the best" philosophy to produce wines that showcase Sonoma County character at its finest.

Lake Sonoma Winery focuses on the individual appellations in Northern Sonoma County where California’s top grape varieties achieve their ultimate expression of character. Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc come from Dry Creek Valley, where gravelly soils and a climate of warm days and cool nights produce intense fruit and impressive balance. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are grown in the very cool, often foggy Russian River Valley, where they develop rich, crisp character. Cabernet Sauvignon is drawn from Alexander Valley, where fertile soils and very warm climate result in mouthfilling character and smooth texture. The intrinsic excellence of these regions is enhanced by sustainable faming techniques in the vineyards, which uses natural amendments and controls to enrich the soil and combat pests.

To preserve and complement the extraordinary character of these grapes, Lake Sonoma Winery meticulously handcrafts each wine. Vineyard lots are kept separate until blending and aging in small oak barrels is tailored to each individual wine. Lake Sonoma Winery produces less than 25,000 cases annually, but every Lake Sonoma wine – through its bold flavors and intriguing complexity - makes a statement.