2019 HANNA Chardonnay 750ml
Vineyards: Our Chardonnay is made from our two mature vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The Slusser Ranch was planted in 1992 on Cortina gravelly loam. Although we have irrigation, it is seldom needed. The Home Ranch was planted in 1990 on Wright loam, which sometimes requires irrigation during heat spells.
Russian River Valley 2019: Winter was mild and very wet, delaying bud break and setting the stage for a dry farmed year in the RRV. Degree-days tracked a bit higher than 2018, with ideal weather and no temperature spikes, until September heat pushed things along. We harvested soon after the Autumnal Equinox at an average 24.8o Brix, TA 0.64 g/100 mL and pH of 3.38.
Winemaking: Home Ranch Chardonnay was hand picked before sunrise on September 27. The Slusser Ranch Chardonnay was harvested the nights of October 1, and 2. The cold fruit was picked into half-ton bins and hauled the short distance to the winery. Once the grapes arrived, we hand-sorted the fruit on our beautiful new fruit conveyor. The Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed while still cold. The juice was cold settled, and then racked to 60 gallon French and Hungarian oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Offering at first a demure, sotto voce freshness, our 2019 Chardonnay’s volume rises into a chorus of baked apples, lemon curd, nutmeg, and vanilla. The freshness and harmony segue into flavors of Meyer lemon, crisp Gravenstein apple and freshly grated turmeric. The palate is weighty without being ponderous. (Tasted 5-14-20)
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Age of Vines: 26 to 28 years
Titratable Acidity: 0.61 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar 0.28 %
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 24.8 o Brix
Harvest Dates: September 27, October 1 and 2, 2019
Fermentation: Barrel Fermented; Combination of native and commercial yeasts
Ferment. Temp.: Cellar Temperature
Malolactic fermentation: Partial
Length/Type of Aging: 6 months in 60-gal oak barrels on lees. 100% barrel fermented
Oak Type: 44% new and 56% one and 2-year-old French & Hungarian oak from Nadalie, Remond, Trust, Marcel Cadet & Treuil
Bottling Dates: May 20-26, 2020
Number of Cases: 3877