Rock & Vine Three Ranches Chardonnay 2013
Fruit for the 2013 Chardonnay was sourced from a single parcelbeside the Russian River in the Mendocino AVA. All of the fruit washandpicked at daybreak, kept cold and then was full cluster pressed. The juice settled at 44°F for five days, then was racked and inoculated in Stainless Steel tanks. Fermentation lasted 92 days within a range of 58°F–38°F and was stopped at 609mg/100ml residual sugar. No Malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was racked off its lees andfinished aging in Stainless Steel.
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