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2018 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay

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SKU: 445135373018120

This Chardonnay shows big aromatics on the nose, with notes of passionfruit, pear, Gravenstein apple and petrichor (wet stone). The palate is fresh and rich with flavors of Bartlett pear, crushed white rose, and the slightly acidic creaminess of a Meyer lemon tart. Overall, this full bodied wine is lively yet weighty, and a perfect pairing partner.

Sullivan Vineyard, part of the Dutton Ranch collection of vineyards, is located on a gentle north-facing slope at a 200-foot elevation in the Green Valley sub-AVA of the Russian River Valley. With 30+ year-old plantings of Wente selection Chardonnay growing in Goldridge soil, Sullivan Vineyard elicits a rich and luscious wine with bright, crisp acidity.

Wine Specs
Green Valley, Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sullivan Vineyard
15 months in 100% French Oak (30% new)
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Production Notes
Grapes were hand-sorted and whole clusters were gently pressed into French oak barrels. The wine was barrel-fermented with native yeasts and underwent 100% native malolactic fermentation. It was aged sur lie in barrel for 15 months with frequent battonage (gentle stirring) through primary fermentation.
Winemaker Notes
The 2018 vintage started out very dry and unseasonably warm. We saw a very wet spring with continuous rain through March interspersed with warm weather, allowing the vines a near-perfect growth cycle. Below average temperatures during mid-June flowering resulted in near-perfect vine balance, as well.
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