2011 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay
Our Cold Creek Chardonnay is grown in the slightly cooler microclimate of the Sonoma side of the Los Carneros district to the west, where thick fog and cool marine winds protect its tender skins. Indigenous to the Burgundy region of France, Clones 15 and 95 at a 50:50 ratio exhibit an approachable style and luminous, golden color.
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Production: 1001 cases
Vineyard: 100% Cold Creek Ranch
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Winemaking Style: 50% malolactic fermentation, 11 months in French oak, 50% new barrels
Fresh-baked apple pie, toasted brioche, and pine nuts laced with citrus zest compose a complex bouquet. Elements of rich lemon custard coat the palate, braced with traces of white tea leaf and cedar. A round, juicy finish suggests surface streaks of slate and subtle white sage drifting on an enticingly dense and unrelenting citrus undercurrent.