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2003

SONOMA COUNTY

Whitney's Vineyard, Chardonnay

Planted by Fred and Juelle Fisher in 1973, the Whitney's Vineyard is located on a small gravelly hillside with a gently sloping southwestern exposure. Today, the St. George rootstock budded to old Wente clone Chardonnay produces extremely low yields with tremendous quality. This Mountain Estate vineyard was named after Fred and Juelle's first daughter, Whitney, who was born shortly after planting. Since then, the Whitney's Vineyard has consistently produced small berries that express their mountain heritage with mineral undertones and uniquely concentrated fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes

The 2003 Whitney's Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautiful pale straw color in the glass. Aromas of peach, honeysuckle, nutmeg and lemon combine in elegant harmony. The palate displays a rich viscosity matched by firm acidity that adds structure and elevates the opulent flavors of lemon and fig. This is definitely a Chardonnay with the potential to age gracefully.

- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker

Production Notes

  • Whole cluster pressed to tank
  • Juice cold settled over 24 hours
  • Moved to barrel by gravity
  • Primary fermentation over 18 days
  • Partial malolactic fermentation (approximately 25%)
  • Aged 16 months sur lees in 50% new French oak

Alcohol by volume is 15.1%
pH 3.40
Bottle date of January 27, 2005
150 cases produced

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