Elegant and age-worthy, the Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay offers vibrant tropical flavors, with layers of green melon, gooseberry and a slight hint of toasty brioche. On the palate, it is lively and bright, with a sophisticated cool-climate acidity that reflects the vineyard’s classic Russian River Valley growing conditions, and promises a long life in the bottle.
The harvested grapes were put directly as whole clusters into our tank press. A gentle press cycle was used to keep excess tannins and bitterness out of the juice. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation and aging. The wine was aged in 35% new, and 24% one-year old French oak barrels. The wine was bottled on August 6, 2019.
Because the 2018 growing season was one of naturally high yields, we worked closely with our grower partners to thin the fruit in order to bring each vineyard into ideal balance. In general, 2018 was a late harvest, and the clusters ripened slowly. The vineyard is cordon pruned and planted to Clone 95 Chardonnay. This clone produces small clusters and small berries, which contribute to this wine’s pure, concentrated flavors and aromas. To ensure that the fruit was delivered to the winery in cool and pristine condition, the grapes were harvested by hand the night of October 1, 2018.
Mirabelle is a beautiful vineyard located along Wohler Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It is planted on the valley floor where dense fog frequently settles, keeping the ripening progress slow and steady. The site’s fertile soils lead to healthy vines that produce classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay aromas and flavors.