Bright gold, with open scents of yellow stone fruit, red apple, melon, and hints of toasty French oak, this Chardonnay displays the classic balance and bright acidity of cool climate, barrel fermented Chardonnay. Unlike warmer climate Chardonnays, there is a richness and sense of vibrancy that allows for current enjoyment but will also add complexity and depth with a year’s bottle age.
The Corazon del Rio Vineyard lies along the lower stretch of the Russian River, west of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. 2021 vintage started in mid-March with bud break right on time. A long, relatively cool growing season followed that was also very dry. Some fruit was thinned late season to reduce stress on the vines that had little water availability. The resultant crop was slightly lower than normal, but quality and flavor intensity were very high.
Chardonnay grapes were harvested in the early morning hours under cool conditions. Simply destemmed, pressed, and settled overnight to yield a low-solids juice which was then sent to French Oak barrels (20% new) for fermentation. Barrel fermentation along with concurrent malolactic ferment and 5 months aging sur lie has given us a bright, complex Chardonnay typical of the cool Russian River region.
Pairs well with shellfish, spicy dishes, and poultry.