2020 Russian River Valley Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
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Wine Spectator’s Insider Weekly

2020 Russian River Valley

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

The grapes for this wine came from three exceptional vineyards in the famed Russian River Valley appellation: Dutton family’s Braughton and Shop Vineyards, and Matthew’s Station Vineyard. With a varietal of clones and terroir, each of these beautiful sites brought a something unique and appealing to the final blend.

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93 Points

“Distinctive and aromatic, with jasmine, orange blossom and fresh lime zest flavors that are fragrant and precise, plus terrific intensity and juiciness on a sleek, mouthwatering frame. Features succulent notes of lemon curd and peach at the core. Drink now through 2032.”
MaryAnn Worobiec
Wine Spectator’s Insider Weekly, March 30, 2022
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Tasting Notes

The Russian River Valley Chardonnay has a slight earthiness that adds sophistication to its enticing aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. On the palate, a pithy texture and seamless hints of toasty oak provide richness, while accentuating the ripe pineapple, kiwi, and lime flavors that glide to a zesty, mineral-driven finish.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator’s Insider Weekly - March 30, 2022
  • “Distinctive and aromatic, with jasmine, orange blossom and fresh lime zest flavors that are fragrant and precise, plus terrific intensity and juiciness on a sleek, mouthwatering frame. Features succulent notes of lemon curd and peach at the core. Drink now through 2032.”

Winemaking

All grapes went direct to press as whole clusters, with gentle pressing to preserve the bright, delicate characteristics we prize. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation to give the wine just a hint of toast and spice. We used 41% new oak and 27% one-year-old oak (with the remainder being neutral) to allow the richness of the fruit to take centerstage. After primary fermentation, the wine went through secondary malo-lactic fermentation. This barrel-fermented wine was aged on the lees for nine months, with occasional stirring to increase richness. The final blend was assembled just prior to bottling, which occurred on November 16, 2021.

Vintage

The season began with a warm winter, with no frost issues, and a mild spring that resulted in a nice, even fruit set. While the summer was quite warm, overall there were only a couple of short heat spikes, which ensured that the grapes were able to fully ripen while retaining the natural acidity we love.

Vineyard

The seven vineyards used for this wine were all harvested by hand on different days from September 10 to September 28. This diversity adds another element of complexity and intrigue to the blend. Braughton Vineyard is located just east of Green Valley, so it has slightly warmer grower conditions that produce a rich and fruitful expression on the nose. The Shop Block is planted to the Wente selection, which delivers small berries and clusters with intriguing floral aromatics. The Jewell and Woolsey Vineyard were our latest picked vineyards and bring amazing acidity and verve.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.2%
  • cases made:

    400 Cases

  • bottling date: 11/16/2021
  • aging:

    9 months in French oak, sur lie

  • fermentation:

    Barrel fermented in 41% new French oak, 27% one-year-old oak, remaining neutral oak
    100% Malolactic

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