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Deloach Vineyards Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2008

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Enticing aromas of lemon cream and green apple with notes of toasty vanilla. Evocative of Burgundian white wines, the mineral characteristics on the palate are interlaced with flavors of fresh pear and peach.

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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

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Snooth User: TAMU
38830367
0.00 5
02/24/2010

Smooth for a Chard. Color - pale yellow Smell - grassy herbs Taste - Apricots and slight hint of butter with very light touch of sweetness. Good choice for fish.


Snooth User: Anarchangel
36926155
3.50 5
03/13/2010

A mostly unoaked chardonnay with a small blend of barrel aged. The bottle didn't advertise that it was essentially unoaked, so I was surprised at the lack of buttery-ness. A scan of the label soon revealed the reason. A nice surprise for someone like me who prefers the taste of the fruit to the taste of the barrel. Pale yellow colour, apricots on the nose, crisp, lingering apple palate with a hint of sweetness. I had this with proscuitto e melone and a duck ravioli in an arrabbiata sauce. It didn't really suit the melon, but was good with the proscuitto and the duck dish.

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Snooth User: Timothy O'Neal
14796154
4.00 5
03/16/2014

Four glasses



Enticing aromas of lemon cream and green apple with notes of toasty vanilla. Evocative of Burgundian white wines, the mineral characteristics on the palate are interlaced with flavors of fresh pear and peach.

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