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2018 "Slow Drive" Chardonnay

Russian River Valley
Upon entering the iconic Ritchie vineyard you're immediately met with a warning sign... "Drive Slow." We can't help but mentally add "Or Else." All threats aside, this grand cru site is worth every slow crawl to our blocks. The bright acidity and energy produced in these clusters translate beautifully to the glass. The grapes were destemmed, crushed, settled and barreled down to complete fermentation. We introduced the french cooper DAMY to our barrel program and the wine proudly reflects this elegance. Yes, this Chard has a bit of dangling loafer complex. Notes of grilled pineapple, green apple, and citrus along with toasted oak, coconut and brioche drive this wine to the top of your favorite list. Partial malolactic fermentation keeps your palate dancing until the last ester. We suggest you observe the speed limit and savor this wine.

TECH INFO:
RITCHIE VINEYARD | HARVEST: SEPT 27, 2018
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY | PH: 3.4 | WENTE CLONE AXR-1
14 MONTHS 100% NEW FRENCH OAK
COOPERS: FRANCOIS FRERES, GAMBA, DAMY