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Ravenswood Sangiacomo Chardonnay 1998

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Ravenswoods Sangiacomo Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in the cool Sonoma Valley/Carneros viticultural region by the Sangiacomo family. This area is renowned for Chardonnay, and these are superlative wine grapes - low yielding, late ripening, with small berries and clusters. After crushing, the grape juice is left on the skins for just six to twelve hours to extract flavor. It is then fermented in French Nevers and Allier oak barrels, relying on natural yeasts. No sulfite additions are made during crush or fermentation. The juice spends eleven months on the lees and is stirred regularly. A secondary fermentation (malolactic) adds a soft, rich, round quality, and the wine is ultimately fined to improve clarity and remove bitterness.

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    Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

    A key to Ravenswood’s success is their long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, they are devoted to working with growers who share their philosophy about high quality.

    Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.

    ANC336160_1998 Item# 21559