Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill Reserve 2005

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"Creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors."- Rick Sayre, Winemaker Our founde...

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Total Beverage, Westminster Colorado
Westminster, CO (1,500 mi)
USD 15.98
750ml
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A perfect example of Sonoma Chardonnay, full of bright peach fruit, crisp, lively and smooth. Hard to believe that one can still find good Sonoma C... Read more

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
02/06/2008

A perfect example of Sonoma Chardonnay, full of bright peach fruit, crisp, lively and smooth. Hard to believe that one can still find good Sonoma Chard at this price!


Winemaker's Notes:

"Creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors."- Rick Sayre, Winemaker Our founder, Rod Strong, planted chardonnay in our original Chalk Hill Vineyard in 1965, and later spearheaded the establishment of the Chalk Hill Viticultural Area in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for its unique chalky white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there. The 2006 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. March rains slowed shoot growth down considerably, and set the timer for a late harvest. After a fine May and June, much of July was a scorcher, including a 10 day stretch where every day saw temperatures over 90 degrees, and several days topped out at 110! Fortunately, the delayed development of the grapes kept sun scorch to a minimum. Harvest began the second week of September, and continued all the way into mid October. This extended ripening period was accompanied by mild weather and promoted excellent flavor development, with the last of the chardonnay harvested on October 14th. Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 10 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years. 2005 Acclaim: Gold - New World International Wine Competition, March 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007

"Creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors."- Rick Sayre, Winemaker Our founder, Rod Strong, planted chardonnay in our original Chalk Hill Vineyard in 1965, and later spearheaded the establishment of the Chalk Hill Viticultural Area in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for its unique chalky white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there. The 2006 vintage began with a rather late bud break during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. March rains slowed shoot growth down considerably, and set the timer for a late harvest. After a fine May and June, much of July was a scorcher, including a 10 day stretch where every day saw temperatures over 90 degrees, and several days topped out at 110! Fortunately, the delayed development of the grapes kept sun scorch to a minimum. Harvest began the second week of September, and continued all the way into mid October. This extended ripening period was accompanied by mild weather and promoted excellent flavor development, with the last of the chardonnay harvested on October 14th. Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 10 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years. 2005 Acclaim: Gold - New World International Wine Competition, March 2007 Gold - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2007

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