Russian River Valley
91 points, Wine Spectator. 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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90 Points, The Wine Advocate
91 Points, California Grapevine
91 Points, Wine Spectator
Aromas & Flavors
Dominique is delicious with full, silky aromas of hazelnut, toffee, fig and pears that give way to flavors of maple, cinnamon, crème brûlée and peach. Bright acidity complements the layers of intense aromas and flavors, while a toasty finish further characterizes this beautiful wine.
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 82% malolactic fermentation and is sur lie aged and stirred weekly for 7 months. The final blend was assembled in June 2018, and the wine was barreled again in neutral oak until bottling, for a total of almost 15.5 months of barrel aging.
The 2017 season began with much-needed rainfall during the winter months, followed by a mild spring. A very warm summer followed, including a Labor Day heat spike and unusual rain in September, before it finally cooled off into fall. Overall it was a challenging harvest, but diligent attention in the vineyards led to the perfect blend of aromas and flavors that we desire in our wines.
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