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2018 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay

A delicate Chardonnay with aromatic notes of passionfruit, pear, green apple, and wet stone. Rich, balanced, with crisp acidity and a vibrant finish.

$55.00 750mL
  • 93 Wine Enthusiast rating logo with black text - The Calling Wine
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James MacPhail's Notes

Part of the Dutton Ranch family of vineyards, Sullivan is known for its focus on innovative sustainability practices, where responsible water preservation and carbon sequestering techniques mean we can continue producing this delicate, bright, aromatic wine from 30+ year old Wente Chardonnay vines for years to come.

James Macphail
Winemaker
Aging
15 months in 100% French Oak (30% new)
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Alcohol
14.35%

Tasting Notes

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 crisp, aromatic wine is lively yet weighty, and a perfect food pairing partner.

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 (hand stirring) through primary fermentation.

Green grapes growing on vine in Sullivan Vineyard.

Sullivan Vineyard

Located on a gentle north-facing slope at 200ft of elevation in the Green Valley, 30+ year-old plantings of Wente selection Chardonnay grow in legendary Goldridge soil, eliciting a rich and luscious wine with bright, crisp acidity.

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Bottle of 2018 Sullivan Chardonnay resting on table, with crackers on its right and glass of wine on its left.