Raeburn Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2019 - 750ml
Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Creme Brulée with a balanced and elegant finish.
Raeburn is an Olde English term which means “the river where one goes to drink.” So, it’s fitting that Raeburn’s expressive, beautifully balanced wines begin in the heart of the Russian River Valley where some of the world’s finest Burgundy grapes are grown.
2019 was a fantastic year in the Russian River Valley with a mild winter, until record rainfall occurred and flooded the vineyards during vine dormancy. This had no effect to the vines, other than improving the water table. A cool spring granted for a long bloom followed by a moderately hot summer. There was a nice heat spike in September which improved ripeness and no rain in October allowing the grapes to mature a few additional weeks leading to a later-than-normal harvest. Grapes of this vintage were harvested before the 2019 fires in Sonoma County and showcase depth, balanced flavors and outstanding color.
Our Chardonnay is hand-picked at dawn from several Russian River Valley vineyards to maintain ideal brix levels of 24° to 24.5°. Once at the winery, we whole cluster press the fruit and gently rack into French and Hungarian oak barrels for fermentation. A quarter of the juice is held aside to ferment and age in stainless steel and the two lots are blended at the time of bottling. This yields an elegant layering of toasty, vanilla overtones with bright fruit flavors and a graceful, sophisticated finish.
AGING: 75% malolactic fermentation, 75% barrel fermented in French & Hungarian Oak, 50% new, 6 months sur lie aging.
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