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A full-bodied Chardonnay bursting with ripe fruit flavor and prominent oak and spice.
Sourced from Russian River Valley, one of California's premier Chardonnay-growing regions.
Using only Russian River Valley fruit, we crush the grapes whole-cluster and ferment entirely in French oak barrels to produce a wine with a seductive, round texture and notes of sweet vanilla. This technique also serves to highlight the green apple, honeysuckle, and citrus flavors, which are the hallmark of Russian River vineyards.
Director's Cut Chardonnay presents lively aromas of citrus and tropical fruits along with pretty floral notes and an edge of minerals that evolves on the palate. You'll find luscious flavors of Meyer lemon, quince, and passion fruit up front, but as the wine opens up you get the impression of pear crisp, which delivers fragrant spice notes of cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla bean. Richly textured with good palate density, there is a fresh quality to this year's fruit and a sophisticated toastiness from the wood.