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Arrowood Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for our 2008 Chardonnay comes from four neighboring vineyards located in the Russian River Valley. The region's cool climate tends to produce Chardonnay grapes with higher acidity and lower pH. The resulting wines are often a vibrant fruit experience with a crisp finish. The 2008 harvest began August 29th with the last lots of Chardonnay being delivered on September 24th. The vineyard lots were separately barrel-fermented and aged in small French oak cooperage. After fermentation, the wine was given extended contact (sur lies) with the yeast lees to develop richer textures and impart greater dimension and complexity to each lot. By selecting the finest fruit from these quality estates and through judicious blending, we were able to achieve a unique balance of complexity, delicacy and finesse. Richard Arrowood has once again shown how the right combination of climate, soil and winemaking technique can produce a delicious wine of exceptional flavor, complexity and character.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

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Our 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, features forward fruit flavors and a rich, balanced mouthfeel. Aromatics include apple, pear, melon, ripe pineapple and hints of toasty oak. Flavors are bright with focused varietal character and spice notes. The finish is rich and long lasting with just a slight tart edge to lend a crisp finish. This lovely Chardonnay, because of its rather plump body and crisp acidity, will complement many seafood dishes, salads and cheeses.

The fruit for our 2008 Chardonnay comes from four neighboring vineyards located in the Russian River Valley. The region's cool climate tends to produce Chardonnay grapes with higher acidity and lower pH. The resulting wines are often a vibrant fruit experience with a crisp finish. The 2008 harvest began August 29th with the last lots of Chardonnay being delivered on September 24th. The vineyard lots were separately barrel-fermented and aged in small French oak cooperage. After fermentation, the wine was given extended contact (sur lies) with the yeast lees to develop richer textures and impart greater dimension and complexity to each lot. By selecting the finest fruit from these quality estates and through judicious blending, we were able to achieve a unique balance of complexity, delicacy and finesse. Richard Arrowood has once again shown how the right combination of climate, soil and winemaking technique can produce a delicious wine of exceptional flavor, complexity and character.

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3584 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 6 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% barrel fermentation; 100% malolactic fermentation; lots aged separately in French oak barrels for six months

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.4% pH: 3.5
Total Acidity: 66 grams per liter

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