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2018 Unoaked Chardonnay

Francine’s Selection, Mendocino County


“The harvest of 2018 was abundant and beautiful and our Unoaked Chardonnay from
this vintage is generous with lovely aromatics and flavor. I knew at my first taste that this
was a year of greatness for Chardonnay, the queen of grape varietals! Because of its
juicy, bright, and fruit forward character, you can try it with many creative pairings.”


A nose of fresh mango and lilac with clean, crisp, stone fruit and melon flavors. A
mouth-filling and layered finish of honeyed lemon and a slight note of grapefruit.


The 2018 vintage was made in heaven. Since it was a long season characterized by
moderate temperatures, it was the most bountiful California harvest since 2013. Slow
measured ripening created optimum flavors with firm structure.


Pressed while still chilled from an early morning pick, the juice is allowed to settle for
several hours. It is then racked off of the lees and sent to cold fermentation. Once cold
fermentation was complete the wine was moved to stainless steel tanks to age for 5
months. It underwent 100% malolactic fermentation in the stainless steel and aged
completely without oak.


One of our Mendocino grape growers refers to the area where his vineyards grow as
Russian River North. Much of what we source in Mendocino is along the river and the
growing conditions are very similar to the cool vineyards in Sonoma County’s Russian
River Valley. Add a touch of Chardonnay grapes from Northern Monterey County and
the resulting wine is full of fruit flavor with a firm structure.


Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
TA: 0.57
pH: 3.29
Alcohol: 13.9%
RS: 0.22
UPC: 711408713651
SRP: $14.99