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The grapes for the 2020 La Storia Chardonnay was sourced from the same old and established Russian River vineyard with 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 in small ? t bins. We pressed the fruit directly without destemming for preserving more of the delicate aromas. The entire lot was barrel fermented using three 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 2020 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. Cheers!