Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

From various sites and exposures in the Russian River Valley; soils all derived from weathered sandstone, including Goldridge series, brown sandy loam and sandy clay. Hand-harvested grapes, whole cluster, direct to press, cold. Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; 52% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016. “Highlighting the unique characteristics of the Russian River Valley this chardonnay displays bright golden hues with lifted aromas of citrus, brioche and yellow florals of daffodil and daisy. The long, creamy palate is layered with crisp red apple, apricot and lemon zest that finishes with a hint of minerality.” – From the winery