Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay					 Bottle

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Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

91 points from Wine Spectator. Named for Don Carano’s paternal grandmother, Emelia Ferrari, this Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Russian River Valley.


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92 Points, California Grapevine

09/01/2018 - See Review

91, Wine Spectator

James Laube, 06/15/2018 - See Review

Aromas & Flavors

This wine is delicious with aromas of graham cracker, vanilla, pear, quince and nectarine, followed by lush flavors of white peach, apricot, apple, nutmeg and spice.

Food Pairings

Emelia’s Cuvée pairs perfectly with seafood and poultry entrées, like simple poached or buttery sauce salmon or chicken, Caesar salad, chicken salad and salads with tropical fruit‐based dressings, including peach and mango. Light pastas, rice and vegetable dishes also marry well.

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


Cooperage21% new French oak, 79% older French oak

ReleaseFall 2018