Nicholson Ranch Chardonnay Sonoma County Estate 2008
"Nicholson Ranch is most noted for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the family’s esteemed estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley. The passion behind the label is Ramona Nicholson and her partner, Deepak Gulrajani. They have garnered a reputation for innovation and made Nicholson Ranch one of the most distinctive and sought-after wine brands in California. Together Ramona and Deepak oversee the family viticulture and winemaking programs as a hands-on team. This wine offers a bouquet of honeysuckle and orange blossom giving way to lemon, pear and melon. Sweet oak, vanilla, caramel and wet river rocks chime in as the wine breathes. The palate begins with hints of grapefruit and develops spice mingled with exotic kumquat and star fruit. The talented Thomas Brown (Turley, Tor, Schrader, Outpost, Bisou, Tofanelli, Seaver, Rivers-Marie) creates these offerings from estate fruit (100% Dijon Clones), utilizing indigenous yeasts, full gravity flow, and minimal interventional techniques. About 30% new French Oak. 780 cases " -Winery
Nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma Valley, the vineyards of Nicholson Ranch are planted in one of the world's most prized grape-growing regions. The Ranch enjoys a combination of soils, sloping hills and climate that is ideal for producing premium grapes for our handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.