Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2011 Moone-Tsai Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Our 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is an exceptional example of the subtlety and balance that can be attained with prized fruit from this region renowned for remarkable chardonnay. The inviting nose conjures up a mélange of citrus, rich lees, and hazelnut. In the mouth, hints of vanilla and cookie dough tease the palate, with layers of grapefruit, orange blossom and light minerality beckoning. Framed ever so delicately with prized French oak (16 months aging), this vibrant wine with its hint of freshness, delicate texture and remarkable balance, should age with graceful refinement.

Among our preferred vineyard sources, the Charles Heintz Vineyard, located in Occidental, near the rocky Sonoma County coastline provides the backbone of this notable Chardonnay. The 30-year-old vines are planted on deep, desirable Gold Ridge Sandy Loam top-soils – to which many attribute the unique varietal expression shown by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River appellations. The nearby Pacific brings deep and cooling fog over the vineyard nightly during the growing season, encouraging patient ripening and the development of delicate flavors.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: Charles Heintz Vineyards, Sonoma Coast
Production: 168 cases
Harvest Date: September 27, 2011
Cooperage: 68% new French oak: François Frères, Rousseau, Damy
Bottle Date: March 11, 2013
Release Date: June 2013
Retail Price (750ml): $65/bottle