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Rudd Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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The Bacigalupi Vineyard is located on benchland along Westside Road within the fog belt of the Russian River Valley. It is from the oldest blocks 1, 3, 5 and 6, which were planted to old Wente clonal selections starting in the mid-1960's. These same vines were the main source of the legendary 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the Paris Tasting in 1976. The vines are low yielding, producing fruit of intensely focused yet elegant flavors.

Exhibits classic fruit with mineral and toast aromas, a rich mid-palate and a long finish, typical characteristics of this old Chardonnay vineyard. This wine also shows more of the floral aromas often seen in old Wente selections. Once harvested, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, and the juice was then gravity-fed to French oak barrels in Rudd's underground caves. Native yeasts were allowed to induce a leisurely primary fermentation. The following summer, native bacteria completed the malolactic fermentation. Weekly stirring of the lees occurred until the secondary fermentation was complete in late summer, and then the wine was stirred monthly for the remainder of time in barrel. After 17 months in barrel, the wine was racked to tank, settled, and minimally fined before being bottled

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The bottled 2006 Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard reveals some of the shortcomings this vintage can demonstrate for Russian River Chardonnay... it reveals lovely white currant, citrus oil, and nectarine notes as well as pure, clean fruit that shows no signs of botrytis. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.
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Rudd, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
2006 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
Rudd winery was established in 1996, when Leslie Rudd purchased the 54-acre estate in Oakville. Since the purchase, Mr. Rudd has made extensive renovations to the property, to include a complete replanting of the vineyards to close-spaced, red Bordeaux varietals and the expansion and renovation of the winery, including custom-designed tanks and a gentle, gravity-flow system. In addition, 22,000 square feet of caves have been dug below the winery to provide ideal aging conditions. In April 2002, Charles Thomas joined the Rudd team as Director of Vineyards and Winemaking. Charles brings to Rudd over 25 years of winemaking and vineyard experience. Along with the proprietary red wine from Oakville, Rudd will continue to produce small quantities of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.
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