2012 Parallel Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Philippe Melka's Tasting Notes:

“The 2012 Russian River Chardonnay opens on the nose with bright aromas of vanilla, lemon peel and coconut, laced with hints of sweet oak. Upon closer inspection exotic notes of cumquats begin to evolve. The palate begins with a touch of soft acid and well integrated blond oak tannin leading to full body that is well texture and creamy as a result of the traditional sur lees technique used to make this wine. In retrospect the wine's finish is elegant and long, adorned with flavors of crème brûlée, mandarin oranges and subtle oak hints. A well balanced and harmonious wine to say the least."

Gold Medal in 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Competition

90 Points / Gold Medal in 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River
Harvest Date
October 6 & 8, 2012
Sugar
23.9 and 23.3 Brix at Harvest
pH
3.59
Aging
20 Months in French Oak (72.5% new French oak puncheons)
Bottling Date
February 18, 2012
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Profile
Production
622 Cases