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Chardonnay comes in a lot of different incarnations. It can be oaky or buttery. It can offer sweet tropical fruit flavors or crisp citrus notes.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Winemaker Kevin Hall's goal is to produce a Chardonnay that maintains the crisp flavors of the fruit and so he uses a lighter hand during winemaking. Cooler vineyard sites including several along the Russian River provided the fruit for the 2007 Estate Chardonnay. To preserve the vibrant flavors, most of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel.
The remainder went into barrels where it was fermented on the lees for eight months and subjected to malolactic fermentation, which contributes body and a subtle creaminess to the wine. A touch of Viognier adds a bigger mouthfeel to the wine. Enjoy this wine with creamy cheeses, shellfish like bay scallops or crab or chicken roasted with herbs.
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