2018 
											Fiorella Chardonnay					 Bottle

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2018
Fiorella Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

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 Points, Wine Spectator

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine is fragrant with floral aromas along with apples, toasted marshmallows and quince while flavors of citrus, peach, pears, vanilla, brioche and butter cream delight the palate. Fiorella is an elegant, well-balanced wine with nice acidity and a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairings

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 25 days. This wine undergoes 97% malolactic fermentation and is sur lee aged for 10 months with weekly stirring in 35% new French oak barrels. The final blend was assembled in July 2019, then barrel aged in 95% neutral oak until bottling, for a total of 15.5 months 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