Russian River Valley
91 pts Wine Advocate. Our Dominique Chardonnay from Russian River Valley is named for Rhonda Carano (Dominique is Rhonda’s middle name). This popular wine is in high demand…we don’t make very much of it and it sells out every year. Get yours while it lasts!
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Aromas & Flavors
Dominique is delicious with full, silky aromas of bright lemon, quince, honey, buttercream and Fuji apples that give way to flavors of nutmeg, pear, vanilla, brown sugar and marshmallow. Bright acidity complements the layers of intense aromas and flavors, and a toasty finish further characterizes this beautiful wine. Robust and complex.
Dominique is a full-bodied Chardonnay that pairs well with pasta dishes made with cream, butter or cheese. Try with shrimp, scallops, lobster and other rich seafood, or plank-grilled salmon. Also delicious with poultry, like turkey and gravy, or risotto, nuts and nutty cheeses that aren’t too pungent.
How It's Made
Our Dominique Chardonnay is from one vineyard site. Each lot for this wine is hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and within 24 hours moved directly to French oak for barrel fermentation with native and cultured yeasts. Aged separately by lot, the wine undergoes 80 percent malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for nine months. The final blend was assembled in May 2016 and barreled down to neutral oak until bottling for a total of 17 months of barrel aging.
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.
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