2018 Bench Chardonnay

Varietal/Blend: Chardonnay (UCD Clone 4)
Farming Practices: sustainable
Vineyard: selection from 2 benchland Russian
River Valley vineyards (2.7 ton/acre yields)
Exposure: SW / one vineyard is a steep slope and
the other is a shallow slope
Soil: sand and loam
Year Vines Were Planted: 1980s
Yeast: ambient (for barrel ferments) and
selected (for tank ferments)
Fermentation: whole cluster pressed / 60% is
racked to stainless steel and 40% goes to
barrel
Malolactic: only for wine in barrel
Maturation: 11 months in tank or barrel / 30%
barrels are new French oak
Sulfur: yes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 3.42 pH // TA 0.64g/L
Fined: no
Filtered: yes
Country: United States
Region: California
Subregion: Sonoma Coast

“Glimmering honey colored in the glass, a delicate
nose of apple blossoms, lemon candy and pie crust
are immediately apparent. Mouth-filling and well
textured. Bright acidity and Dngling minerality reveal
flavors of salty almond streusel and baked pear
followed by a long, seamless finish.”