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2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

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/ 750mL
125 Cases Produced

"A superbly balanced Chardonnay from a single vineyard in Sonoma's Russian River Valley.  Rued Vineyard is a unique piece of property, lying just five miles from the ocean.  I love the 'sea spray' minerality here, which adds an intriguing tension to the tactile palate.  A very foodie wine."  Cristie Kerr

Tasting Notes
The 2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay opens with an intense nose of lemon bar, guava, flint, honeysuckle, and corn tortilla which evolves into hazelnut, lemon and orange zest, and Crème brûlée. The gorgeous, vibrant palate begins and ends with minerality, bookending bartlett pear, green olive, and dried sage. This wine has terrific tension and drive, with freshness and flavors carrying beyond the long finish.
100% Chardonnay sourced from Rued Vineyard
100% Malolactic Fermentation
Aged 16 months in 35% new French oak
Alcohol %
Helen Keplinger
Winemaker Notes
Whole bunch fermentation for a softer press and to preserve acids and flavors
Harvest Date
Harvested early in the morning on September, 2019
Agro Ad Amphorum
Latin Translation: From Soil to Bottle
The 2019 vintage was a glorious, cool year, beginning with copious spring rains with great beautiful and healthy canopies. The vintage was reminiscent of the stunning 2018 vintage, yet the wines have their own hallmark of vibrant freshness, terrific intensity, bright acidity, silky entries, and long, driven finishes. Pinot and Chardonnay triumphed in this vintage, perhaps even more than the Bordeaux varietals. There is much to love about the wines from this beautiful vintage.

The Rued Vineyard is filled with gorgeous, old, gnarled, mossy vines on a gentle slope in a cool spot in between Graton and Occidental. These vines are lovingly farmed by Ulises Valdez, with plenty of attention to detail. The slow ripening at this site seems to lead to ever-evolving wines with incredible concentration and depth.
2019 was a fantastic vintage for the Sonoma Coast and we wanted to capture the unique character and essence of the Russian River Valley terroir in this Rued Vineyard Chardonnay. The wine is 100% Chardonnay, sourced from two separate blocks of the impeccably managed and organically farmed Rued vineyard. Pair it with scallops in a lemon beurre blanc sauce, or a creamy asparagus and Parmesan risotto which will really help bring out the wine's yin-yang balance of coastal freshness and ripe fruit complexity.
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