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2011

SONOMA COUNTY

Whitney's Vineyard, Chardonnay

Planted in 1973, the Whitney's Vineyard (so named after Fred and Juelle Fisher's first daughter) is located on a gravelly hillside with a gently sloping southwestern exposure. The Vineyard is planted to Old Wente clone Chardonnay and produces less than one ton per acre. Today, these vines produce small berries that express their mountain heritage with mineral undertones and uniquely concentrated fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw color; tantalizing aromas of honeydew melon, lemon zest and apricot with a hint of fresh pineapple. This 2011 vintage strikes the perfect balance between ripe fruit flavors and mountain mineral acidity. On the palate flavors of ripe fig, green apple and apricot dance with wet stone minerality and bright acidity, culminating with sweet marzipan lemon meringue for a long finish. A truly scintillating chardonnay that should continue to evolve over the next 10-15 years.

- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker

Production Notes

  • Harvested October 1st
  • Whole cluster pressed to tank
  • Juice cold settled over 24 hours
  • Moved to barrel by gravity
  • Partial Malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 16 months sur lees in French Oak (50% new)

Alcohol by volume is 14.3%
Bottle date: March 2013
197 cases produced

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