Deloach Estate Chardonnay 2007

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This full-bodied Chardonnay draws its structure and spice from grapes hailing from vineyards around the Russian River Valley. The clone 4 grapes from the Nonella vineyard and the clone 15 grapes from the Norris vineyard in the warmer Chalk Hill sub-appellation bring both richness and balance. To the southwest, the Hawk Hill vineyard benefits from a long cool growing season and late harvest, lending delicate acid balance, an opulent range of flavors and impressive complexity. The cooler Sonoma Coast microclimate with varied ripening conditions influences aromatics such as ripe apricots, figs and traces of white chocolate in this wine. Barrel fermentation and selective lees stirring contribute rich flavors of dried peaches, almonds and nougat with luscious fruit and a rounder texture. Try our rich Chardonnay as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres or with pork tenderloin alongside a sesame soba noodle salad.

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  • 2007

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately r... Read more
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately recognizing the similarities between Sonoma County and Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir. A recognized authority on biodynamic, organic, and sustainable winemaking, the Boisset Family had been using these eco-friendly practices in their estate vineyards in Burgundy and understood the positive effects they had on the health of the land and the quality of the wine. In 2004 the family brought that vision here to DeLoach Vineyards. Showing our dedication to the environment, we tore up award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards after the 2004 vintage and replanted with cover crops designed to revitalize the soil. New vines were planted in 2006, and the first vintage grown with biodynamic farming techniques will be the eagerly-awaited 2010 vintage. In the meantime, we continue to produce world-class wine by partnering with winegrowers who are equally dedicated to and passionate about eco-friendly farming practices and the production of high-quality wines of distinction. At DeLoach Vineyards, we focus on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to our Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Our passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. The diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir is given to each wine that we craft. In keeping with our Burgundian Heritage, we use French open-top wood fermentors for all of our Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as our old-vine Zinfandel. We also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups with more than ten guests are accepted by appointment. Read less

Member Reviews for Deloach Estate Chardonnay

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3.00 5
07/26/2010

Bananas and cream on the nose with steely freshness. A hint of sweetness on the palate, tropical fruit notes of papaya and banana with a backbone of oak and cream and vanilla.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
08/13/2010

nice balance of fruit and acidity, some citrus notes, buttery biscuits, lemon slices, a tinge of white spice on the finish, nice complexity and smooth finish


Snooth User: solomania9
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3.00 5
07/23/2010

Animal mellow nose. Geat balance of cream and lemons, and with a chalky dry complex spiced finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
08/13/2010

Rich oaky nose, with hints of kiwi and lime. Medium bodied, with lots of vanilla and coconut, but a nice mineral core and a crisp finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
07/13/2010

Green apples and caramel on the nose. In the mouth this wine offer a nice minerality. It is crisp yet hints at caramel. Nice oakiness, which is present on the finish, against firm and fresh acidity.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
07/24/2010

Rich, oaky nose with lime and gooseberry notes. Warm vanilla flavors, with peach on the finish. Creamy red apple flavors dominate.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.50 5
11/04/2009

Easily my favorite of the DeLoach Chardonnay offerings in a recent tasting - more flavorful, nuanced, and interesting than the much more expensive ($45 or more) single-vineyard bottlings. The OFS is beautifully balanced and full of peach and mango fruit along with a good dose of clove/cinnamon spice and note of fresh flowers. Elegant feel, everything in harmony, nothing overdone. The price keeps edging up about 10% per year, though, so this one's getting more and more painful to pay for.


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This full-bodied Chardonnay draws its structure and spice from grapes hailing from vineyards around the Russian River Valley. The clone 4 grapes from the Nonella vineyard and the clone 15 grapes from the Norris vineyard in the warmer Chalk Hill sub-appellation bring both richness and balance. To the southwest, the Hawk Hill vineyard benefits from a long cool growing season and late harvest, lending delicate acid balance, an opulent range of flavors and impressive complexity. The cooler Sonoma Coast microclimate with varied ripening conditions influences aromatics such as ripe apricots, figs and traces of white chocolate in this wine. Barrel fermentation and selective lees stirring contribute rich flavors of dried peaches, almonds and nougat with luscious fruit and a rounder texture. Try our rich Chardonnay as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres or with pork tenderloin alongside a sesame soba noodle salad.

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Alcohol: 14.5%

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