This Reserve Chardonnay perfectly reflects the world-class terroir of the cool-climate Russian River Valley. Capturing both sophistication and depth, this wine presents an array of flavors. Notes of lemon tart, fresh pear and a hint of crème brûlée combine with an elegant and subtle minerality. Its rich mouthfeel is complex and evolving and its beautiful acidity contributes to a wine that is precisely balanced with nice aging potential.
The grapes were hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed directly into 60% new and 40% once used French oak barrels. The wine was fermented with 100% native yeast. After fermentation the wine went through 100% native malolactic fermentation and was aged sur lies for 12 months with frequent stirring.
The Jewell Vineyard is located on Dutton Ranch in the exceptionally cool Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River. Originally planted in 1986, this 7-acre vineyard sits adjacent to an organic heirloom apple orchard. Chardonnay Clone 108 is grown here on fine, sandy loam soil upon rolling hills near the West Sonoma County community of Graton.