Visitors to the winery often ask what "Reserve" chardonnay means to us. It's simple. Reserve means the winemaker's careful blend of individual wines made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Russian River Valley. Each lot is vinified separately in our finest barrels, and shortly after completion of malolactic fermentation, select lots are assembled in tank to facilitate flavor integration, and returned to barrels to finish aging. It literally is a matter of taste.
Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear and pie crust join lemon-cream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true Chardonnay lovers.
"Floral honeysuckle, ripe fig and melon scents are rich, full-bodied, elegant and refined, showing a light touch of toasty vanilla oak on the finish, where the flavors turn subtle and delicate. Drink now through 2015."
"Expressive green and ripe apple scents mingle with a blossomy note and enriching creamy oak in the nose, and the wine makes an equally deep and inviting impression on the palate. It is ripe, to be sure, and comes with plenty of balancing acidity that adds a bit of tensile quality to the long and likeable aftertaste. Allow this one a year or two in the cellar."