Tasting Date: 10/5/2011
Varietal: Pedroncelli Chardonnay 2009
Country: Dry Creek Valley, California
Tasting Date Price: $15.99
Alcohol Content: 14.2%
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Nose: Refreshing citrus, apple and melon aromas.
Palate: The refreshing citrus, apple and melon flavors predominate,
the blend of the two Chardonnay lots adds both fruit forward
qualities and oak complexity. Highlighted by bright acidity, the wine
finishes clean, crisp and full flavored.
John Pedroncelli and vineyard manager Lance Blakeley set aside a particular lot for this specially selected Chardonnay. Fruit comes entirely from a designated portion of the vineyard where two appellations meet: Russian River Valley on the south side and Dry Creek Valley to the north. The vineyard is influenced by the cool climate that combines marine fog layers at the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River. This mixture of cool climate with alluvial soils results in exceptional fruit leading to a nicely balanced wine..
At Pedroncelli Winery, the winemaking goal is simple: showcase the distinctive fruit of each varietal. This focus on fruit is particularly important in creating the style of Chardonnay that is our trademark. We use stainless steel tanks to ferment 70% of the blend, capturing the fresh fruit flavors. The balance was separately barrel fermented in American oak barrels and aged for seven months before being blended with the larger portion. The barrel fermentation and a small amount of secondary or “malo-lactic” fermentation added some toast and creamy notes giving a boost of complexity to the finished wine.
Aging: 30% of the blend was fermented and aged in American oak for 7 months