Grown on the banks of the Russian River, this elegant single vineyard Chardonnay forwent malolactic fermentation in order to showcase the signature Mendocino County taste profile. Firm pear and apple fruit flavors are balanced with luminous minerality and a subtle framing of creamy vanilla toast. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed immediately after harvest to minimize phenolic extraction, thus preserving the most pure expression of the fruit. The juice was cold settled, racked, and inoculated at 55 degrees with Maurivin Elegance, a cool fermenting yeast that promotes the fragrant and fruity aromas inherent in La Ribera Chardonnay. 33% of the wine was fermented and sur lie aged for 6 months with the balance in stainless steel. Sourced from American Oak grown in the rocky soil of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, the medium toast barrels contribute subtly spicy aromas and a rich, vanilla-cream sweetness on the palate.
Certified “Fish Friendly Farmed” and “Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing”. Vegan.