Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma County, California
Tasting Note: A zesty chardonnay with depth especially across the midpalate.
Pale-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a nose of unripened green-and-yellow apple with some clove baking spice notes including green melon, green apple and pear.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied chardonnay is medium-plus in zesty acidity with a lemon-citrus, medium-plus finish.
The wine was aged in French oak and went through partial malolactic fermentation.
Bottle Note: At Rodney Strong Vineyards, we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We practice sustainable and fish-friendly farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery. Our estate chardonnay is grown in volcanic ashen soils of Chalk Hill, a temperate AVA, just north of Santa Rosa. This French oak-fermented chardonnay displays yellow apple and pie spice aromas with a hint of minerality on the long finish. Tom Klein, proprietor. Rick Sayre, winemaker.
Tasted: International Wine Center, New York, New York
Tasting Date: May 10, 2016