2021 HANNA Chardonnay 750ml
2021 HANNA Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Double Gold, North Coast Wine Challenge
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 2021: Winter 2021 was extremely dry and warm, resulting in an extended bud break and bloom. Crop levels were low in 2021 from a combination of weak spring growth, small clusters, and blustery days. Summer was consistently warm and verasion was early – end of July. We harvested on September 16 and 17, 2021 at an average 24.4o Brix, TA 0.76 g/100 mL and pH of 3.30.
Winemaking: Home Ranch Chardonnay was hand-picked before sunrise on September 16. The Slusser Ranch Chardonnay was harvested the night of September 17. 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 7 months.
Tasting Notes: Just two weeks after bottling and our ‘21 Chardonnay is a jail break in the glass. Effusive flan, apple blossom, kiwi, elderflower, and hazelnut notes jostle for the aromatic fore. By mouth, flavors of baked apple, nutmeg, magnolia blossom, pecan brittle and lemon curd are deliciously evoked, all the while conjuring Satin Doll as a jazzy textural metaphor. (Tasted 6-29-22)
Age of Vines
29 to 31 years
0.67 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar 0.3 %
Avg. Brix at Harvest
24.4 o Brix
September 16 and 17, 2021
Barrel Fermented; Combination of native and commercial yeasts
Length/Type of Aging
8 months in 60-gal oak barrels on lees. 100% barrel fermented
47% new and 53% one and 2-year-old French & Hungarian oak from Nadalie, Remond, Trust, Treuil, Fouailly, Billon, Marcel Cadet & Remond
June 15, 16 & 28, 2022
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