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Fort Ross Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Fort Ross Vineyard 2003

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The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in 5 gallon buckets. Once at the winery, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours. Then the juice went to a mixture of 33% new and 67% 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. After 15 months of maturation in the barrels, the 2003 Chardonnay was bottled in the spring of 2005. The aromatics reveal the signature minerality of the vineyard between layers of pear, honeydew melon and white peach notes. Framed by balanced acidity and lightly toasted oak, the palate is full, lush and leads to a long, elegant finish. This is not a typical California Chardonnay but reflects a more Burgundian sensibility. The 2003 Fort Ross Chardonnay is a testament to the slow ripening vintage from which it was born, modulated by the cool coastal climate of the vineyard. The aromatics reveal the signature minerality of the vineyard between layers of succulent fruit, predominantly pear, honeydew melon and white peach. Framed by balanced acidity, the palate is full, lush and leads to a long, elegant finish. Following the near perfect vintage of 2002, 2003 lived up to the challenge and provided Fort Ross with wonderfully ripe Chardonnay. Due to the vineyard's marine-moderated climate, the Chardonnay easily weathered 2003's heat waves and ripened slowly and evenly into late October. Oak: French; 33% new

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Fort Ross Vineyard:
Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, our “True Sonoma Coast” vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard’s high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a g... Read more
Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, our “True Sonoma Coast” vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard’s high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a gentle, sunny and temperate climate that has proved to be very favorable for the slow and even ripening of Burgundian varietals. Read less

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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
03/20/2007

Very well done chardonnay, with aromas of pear and peach. These are echoed in the flavors, with a streak of minerality.



The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in 5 gallon buckets. Once at the winery, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours. Then the juice went to a mixture of 33% new and 67% 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. After 15 months of maturation in the barrels, the 2003 Chardonnay was bottled in the spring of 2005. The aromatics reveal the signature minerality of the vineyard between layers of pear, honeydew melon and white peach notes. Framed by balanced acidity and lightly toasted oak, the palate is full, lush and leads to a long, elegant finish. This is not a typical California Chardonnay but reflects a more Burgundian sensibility. The 2003 Fort Ross Chardonnay is a testament to the slow ripening vintage from which it was born, modulated by the cool coastal climate of the vineyard. The aromatics reveal the signature minerality of the vineyard between layers of succulent fruit, predominantly pear, honeydew melon and white peach. Framed by balanced acidity, the palate is full, lush and leads to a long, elegant finish. Following the near perfect vintage of 2002, 2003 lived up to the challenge and provided Fort Ross with wonderfully ripe Chardonnay. Due to the vineyard's marine-moderated climate, the Chardonnay easily weathered 2003's heat waves and ripened slowly and evenly into late October. Oak: French; 33% new

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