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The grapes for the 2019 La Storia Chardonnay was sourced from old and established Russian River vineyards with very small berries and clusters providing great concentration of aromas and flavors .The grapes were hand-picked early in the morning at the lowest temperature possible. We pressed the fruit directly without destemming for preserving more of the delicate aromas. The entire lot was barrel fermented using two different types of yeast with partial malolactic fermentation to preserve the fruit expression of the grapes and to keep more of the natural acidity and freshness. The lees on the bottom of the barrels was stirred twice per month for increased mouth feel and viscosity. Our 2019 Chardonnay has a typical for the variety and the style aromas of tropical fruits, ripe apples, peaches and apricots. Further aeration reveals deeper aromas of toast with a touch of caramel and ripe Mayer lemons meringue and a bit of minerality. The mouth feel is generous and rich, with tamed acidity and long and round finish. Drink now, through 2027. Cheers!
Gold Medal - 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition