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2011 Valley of the Moon
Sonoma County Unoaked Chardonnay


Wine Description
Orange blossom, nectarine and mineral notes highlight the delicate aromas of this fresh and vibrant wine. A rich mid-palate and fruit flavors of pear and tropical citrus carry the bright acidity through the lengthy tangerine and lime finish.

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for the 2011 Valley of the Moon Unoaked Chardonnay come from vineyards in the cool-climate appellation of the Russian River Valley. The growing conditions here allow for a long ripening period producing brilliant and complex fruit flavors. In order to preserve and showcase the natural beauty of this classic varietal, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented cool in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in tank for just five months with the intent of capturing these fresh and vibrant aromas and flavors in the bottle.  Due to the very high acidity from the cool 2011 growing season, 80 percent of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation to enrich the mouthfeel.

Composition: 97% Chardonnay; 2% Pinot Blanc; 1% Muscat Canelli
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Acid: 6.2
pH: 3.43
Aging: Fermented and aged in small stainless steel tanks.
Alcohol: 13.5%