GLEN ELLEN, CA – People in the wine business often say fine wine begins in the vineyard, but they are quick to acknowledge the rest of the journey requires smart, insightful winemaking. The newly released 2010 Lake Sonoma Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay illustrates this lesson perfectly. While outstanding Sonoma County vineyards are the source of its fruit and balance, deft winemaking preserves both and gives this delicious, easy-drinking Chardonnay elegant complexity.
Lake Sonoma sources Chardonnay from Sonoma County’s marine-influenced Russian River Valley and the unusually long, unusually cool 2010 growing season produced Chardonnay grapes that combined impressive varietal character and superb natural acidity. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the clear juice was barrel fermented in small French oak barrels. An additional five months of barrel aging with frequent stirring of the fermentation lees contributed smooth texture and understated oak nuances.
The 2010 Lake Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay showcases fresh, vibrant aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and green apple, along with hints of vanilla and bread dough. The generous flavors are similarly fresh and vibrant – nectarine, green apple and a background note of lime. Full and focused on the palate, it culminates in a long, smooth finish. The generous fruit and subtle complexity of this Chardonnay make it uncommonly versatile; equally enjoyable on its own, or with light fare such as pasta, poultry and seafood. The 2010 Lake Sonoma Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay is available nationally at a suggested retail of $16. A total of 4,900 cases were produced.
Established in 1977, Lake Sonoma Winery follows a “best of the best” philosophy in producing wines that display classic Sonoma County character.