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Roanoke 1587 Chardonnay 2016

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Perfectly balanced, vibrant, and rich

Fragrant, creamy, and full-bodied

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Roanoke 1587 Chardonnay ★ 2016

Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the people, places, and history that have shaped American winemaking. In 1587, English settlers arrived on the coast of Virginia but then disappeared without a trace. They became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke. According to legend, Virginia Dare, the first English woman born to these settlers, was transformed into a white doe and killed by a fearsome hunter. As the doe bled upon the ground, juice from nearby grapes turned red. For centuries, this tale was a staple of southern folklore. In 1865, the Garrett brothers of North Carolina celebrated the legend by developing a brand of wine called Virginia Dare. In honor of this early winemaking history, the Family Coppola created the Roanoke Collection, vineyard-specific wines produced in limited quantities.

Vineyard Notes

Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by the coast. Fog rolls over the vineyards each evening, dropping the temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees. This natural air conditioning contributes to an extended growing season where the grapes are able to mature slowly and maintain a good level of natural acidity. Sanchietti Vineyard is located on the border of Green Valley and Sebastopol Hills. The Goldridge sandy loam soils in the vineyard provide for good drainage, which helps create extremely concentrated fruit.

Winemaker’s Notes
2016 resembled vintages of nearly a decade ago where a cold, rainy winter prepared the vines for good yields. This helped prolong the season, giving the vines extra hangtime to accumulate flavor and phenolic development. Conditions were further optimized by staggered ripening, where each varietal reached maturity a week or two apart. This allowed us to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. Our 1587 Chardonnay is barrel fermented. The wine is left on the lees and stirred daily to achieve a smooth texture. It also undergoes partial malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Creamy and full-bodied, our 1587 Chardonnay presents fragrant impressions of guava, lemon, honeysuckle, and vanilla bean on the nose followed by luscious flavors of pear, pineapple, toasted almonds, and creme brûlée. Spice notes are abundant and enhanced by the generous use of new French oak. The wine’s beautiful richness is perfectly balanced by zesty natural acidity that crowns the finish.

Appellation: Sanchietti Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Regimen: 19 months in French oak; 50% new oak

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