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Director's Cut Chardonnay 2017

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Fabulous award winner

Offers a rich and creamy mouthfeel

Retail: $25.00
Member Price $18.75
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With it's unique wraparound label designed after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture devices, each Director's Cut label is a replica of a strip from Francis's personal Zoetrope collection.

Director's cut wines embrace appellation specific sourcing, meticulous frut selection and numerous blending trails, so that they capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma's microclimates.

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

The climate of the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by fog that rolls in each evening from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This marine layer cools the vineyards down from their daytime temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees, creating a condition that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance.

WINE MAKER'S NOTES

The clusters from our 2017 harvest were smaller than average, which led to excellent concentration and high quality fruit overall. Our white grape varietals wee ready for harvest a few weeks ahead of schedule. Once picked, the fruit was pressed whole-cluster and fermented in small French oak barrels to achieve a rich, creamy mouthfeel, and heightened spice nuances.

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of ripe pear, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, ginger, and clove. Flavors of apple, pineapple, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and orange zest.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Regimen: 8 months in French oak; 35% new oak

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