Russian River Chardonnay
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
TA: 0.62 gms/100ml
COOPERAGE: Aged for 18 months in 100% Burgundy French oak barrels; 35% new
HARVESTED: October 14, 2018
CASES: 1,123 (9L)
Boldness doesn’t always have to roar. The power of these wines comes from the adept control and balance of fruit, acid, oak, and time. This wine is inspired by the subtleties in strength—captured through the bright acidity created by the cool climate in the Sonoma Coast and coaxed into powerful flavors by the winemaker at the blending table.
FROM THE CELLAR
“Showcasing the dynamism and energy of the Russian River Valley, this wine displays both a vibrant aspect of fruit and a confident oak profile. It presents beautiful layers of crisp, bright Asian pear and golden apple that lead to luscious notes of lemon curd developed from malolactic fermentation. The deft baseline of toasted oak introduces notes of buttered French toast and hints of crème brûlée, which are complemented by a signature backbone of acidity nurtured on the Sonoma Coast.” – Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
RESILIENCE IN THE VINEYARD
Every vintage and harvest presents a unique set of challenges and obstacles. Vintage 2018 began on schedule at the end of February, and spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm summer. Steady growing conditions continued into the fall with harvest starting slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extending long into the first week of November. After lengthy hang time, the fruit was picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
The De La Salle Christian Brothers and their lay partners are stronger than ever today; and the legacy of Brother Timothy, his commitment to serve those in need, continues with the annual release of the Brother Timothy Cabernet Sauvignon.
All proceeds benefit the Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation and will continue helping underserved youth transform their lives through education.