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Chenoweth Ranch vineyard lies deep in the cooler Green Valley region of the Russian River Valley. Surrounded by redwoods and perched at 750 feet above sea level, this vineyard lies above the dense fog line. When planted on cooler sites like the Chenoweth Ranch, the Hyde Chardonnay clone retains its classic tropical components while being matched with mierality and acidity. 

Picked on September 9th in the early morning hours, the Chenoweth Ranch fruit was hand-sorted and whole-cluter pressed, then cold-settled in tank for 24 hours before going into barrel for the primary and secondary fermentations. Hand-stirring of the lees occurred daily through primary fermentation. Aging occurred for 11 months in barrel, 40% new French oak.

Beautifully aromatic, the 2013 Chenoweth Ranch Chardonnay offers a bouquet of pineapple guava and meyer lemon with undertones of freshly cut hay. A big and expressive mouthfeel finishes with rich, viscous texture and plenty of minerality. 

Appellation
Russian RIver Valley
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Clones
Hyde
Planted
1996-1998
Yield
2 tons per acre
Soil
Classic Goldridge
Climate
Cool morning fog, burning off in the early afternoon
Cooperage
Francois Freres, Damy, Latour
pH
3.46
Acid
6.1
Alcohol
14.1%
Production
Only 215 cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
Enjoy now through 2022

2013
Chenoweth Ranch
Chardonnay