Mauritson Wines Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 was made in the same “Burgundian” style as the past vintage. The wine is 100% barrel fermented but in only a small percentage of new oak. The result is the best of both worlds; the beautiful fruit of California Chardonnay minus the oak with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The fruit was harvested at 24.1° brix lending itself to beautiful citrus fruit. Soft flavors of pear and green apple are prevalent in the nose and balanced beautifully with citrus flavors in the front palate. The gravely soils and lack of water retention of the vineyard shine through in the mid-palate with complex flavors of mineral that are accented by the richness of the barrel fermentation. The finish is everything you would expect from a great Chardonnay; full and round but clinging to acidity to retain the balance. This wine will continue to drink beautifully over the next three to five years. Enjoy it with fish, poultry, white sauces, and anything else that strikes your fancy.

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Mauritson Family Winery:
With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, we are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest.Each vineyard and appellation we source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that we look for wh... Read more
With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, we are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest.Each vineyard and appellation we source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that we look for when considering a Mauritson wine release. Six generations of farming has taught us a few things about choosing premium fruit! Each harvest, the best from our 230 acres throughout the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys is reserved for our Estate Wines. These wines, which include our signature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, showcase the fruit-forward, floral and spice-driven characteristics attributed to these appellations. Winemaking may have been the logical evolution in our family’s long history of farming in the Dry Creek Valley, however, it took an absence from the valley and attention to those inner voices that led Clay Mauritson back to these same vineyards that he spent planting, tending and picking as a teen. What he came to realize was that he already had a lifetime of understanding about the subtleties and strengths of each micro-climate within the Dry Creek, Rockpile and Alexander Valleys. The only thing left was to DREAM BIG! Tasting Room We are open daily from 10-5. Group Tasting by Appointment, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Facilities, Wine Tasting, Wine Tours by Appointment. Read less

The 2009 was made in the same “Burgundian” style as the past vintage. The wine is 100% barrel fermented but in only a small percentage of new oak. The result is the best of both worlds; the beautiful fruit of California Chardonnay minus the oak with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The fruit was harvested at 24.1° brix lending itself to beautiful citrus fruit. Soft flavors of pear and green apple are prevalent in the nose and balanced beautifully with citrus flavors in the front palate. The gravely soils and lack of water retention of the vineyard shine through in the mid-palate with complex flavors of mineral that are accented by the richness of the barrel fermentation. The finish is everything you would expect from a great Chardonnay; full and round but clinging to acidity to retain the balance. This wine will continue to drink beautifully over the next three to five years. Enjoy it with fish, poultry, white sauces, and anything else that strikes your fancy.

257 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1%

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