Russian River Valley
91 pts Wine Advocate. Fiorella…”pretty little flower”…just like the name suggests, this is a very pretty Chardonnay with a beautiful bouquet of aromas and flavors…a wine to share when you want to impress your friends.
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92, California Grapevine
91, The Wine Advocate
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 04/28/2017
GOLD, Sunset Magazine
Aromas & Flavors
Aromas of lemon, citrus, lychee and orange marmalade are complemented by flavors of lemon, peaches, pears, honeysuckle and vanilla on the palate. This is an elegant, well-balanced wine with a nice acidity and a long, lingering finish.
Our Fiorella Chardonnay is the perfect wine to serve as an apéritif. It also pairs nicely with light pasta and seafood courses or chicken, pork, turkey and veal. Mild-flavored cheeses are also excellent choices.
How It's Made
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed and then cold settled for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before moving to barrels. Aged in select French oak, the wine undergoes 90 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for nine months. The final blend was assembled in May, 2015, then moved to neutral French oak for a total of 17 months of barrel aging, and bottled in early February, 2017.
2015 marked another early year and a fast growing season. We began our fourth year of drought conditions, however, the rainfall totals were closer to normal than they had been the previous several years. The growing season started early, with bud break as early as mid-February in some vineyards. Temperatures stayed cool through spring, but warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to mature and ripen. The last white grapes were picked on September 17, 2015.
Pesto with Ribbon Pasta
Pasta & Side Dishes
During the summer months when basil is so plentiful, pesto is made fresh to enjoy or frozen for the upcoming winter months. Originating from Liguria, Italy, this versatile sauce may be added to pastas, vegetables, soups, or used as a spread.
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