2016 
											Dominique Chardonnay					 Bottle

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2016
Dominique Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

The Dominique Chardonnay is from a single vineyard along the river in Russian River Valley and is named after Rhonda Carano — Dominique is Rhonda’s middle name.

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Aromas & Flavors

Dominique is delicious with full, silky aromas of buttercream, lychee, brown sugar, honey and pears that give way to flavors of maple, cinnamon, quince and peach. Bright acidity complements the layers of intense aromas and flavors, while a toasty finish further characterizes this beautiful wine.

Food Pairings

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

The grapes are hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed, then barrel fermented with native and cultured yeast. The wine completes 95% malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for seven months. The final blend was assembled in December 2017, and the wine is barreled again in neutral oak until bottling, for a total of almost 17 months of barrel aging.

The Vintage

Overall, 2016 was a good year. Spring produced great set, and despite a third year of drought conditions in our area, vines produced ideal yields. Warmer temperatures during the supper months allowed the fruit to achieve mature, ripe flavors.

AppellationRussian River Valley

Grape100% Chardonnay

Cooperage41% new French oak, 59% older French oak

ReleaseSummer 2018