2018											Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay					 Bottle

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2018
Emelia’s Cuvée Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

92 points from California Grapevine! This delicious, aromatic Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Russian River Valley.

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine is delicious with aromas of pineapple, citrus, lychee and nectarine followed by lush flavors of juicy fruit, lemon and dried apricots.

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 87% malolactic fermentation and is sur lee aged and stirred weekly for 10 months. The final blend was assembled in July 2018, and the wine was barreled again in neutral oak until bottling, for a total of almost 15.5 months of barrel aging.

The Vintage

2018 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set, and average rainfalls led to normal to above-normal yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any drastic heat spikes or rain events allowed for longer “hang time” for the grapes, which led to fully ripe flavors.

AppellationRussian River Valley

GrapeChardonnay

Cooperage35% new French oak, 65% older French oak

ReleaseSpring 2020