Russian River Valley
90 points from Wine Spectator. 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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90, Wine Spectator
Aromas & Flavors
This wine is fragrant with floral aromas along with buttercream, citrus, lychee and pears, while flavors of lemon, peaches, honeysuckle, vanilla and brioche delight the palate. Fiorella is an elegant, well‐balanced wine with 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
Grapes for this wine are gently hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed. The juice is cold settled for 24 hours, racked to barrels and fermented with native yeasts for 75 days. This wine undergoes 90% malolactic fermentation and is sur lees aged for 9 months with weekly stirring in 20% new French oak barrels. The final blend was assembled in June 2018, then barrel aged in 100% neutral oak until bottling, for a total of 16 months barrel aging.
The winter of 2016-2017 brought above average rainfall to all areas of the Sonoma County. The rains lasted well into spring, with even a few inches falling in April. The first Chardonnay grapes were picked August 29th. An extreme heat wave over Labor Day weekend in September brought an urgency to pick and get the fruit off the vine. The last Chardonnay grapes picked October 4th.
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