2022 HANNA Chardonnay 750ml DTC
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 2022: October 2021 brought an atmospheric river event that recharged the soil profile. This led
to an even bud break – later than 2021 - strong early growth and a moderate crop. A Goldilocks summer, until Labor
Day that is, resulted in even ripening and an early start to harvest. The slope steepened dramatically over Labor Day, with
days of high heat pushing sugar accumulation. Our canopy management technique, which retains the protective leaves
on the afternoon side of the vines, proved to be the perfect antidote to the dehydrating heat that damaged fruit in
conventionally farmed vineyards. We harvested from September 8 to 21, 2022 at an average 24.4o Brix.
Winemaking: Our Chardonnay was hand harvested at night, picked into half-ton bins, and hauled the short distance to
the winery. Once the grapes arrived, we hand-sorted the fruit and whole cluster pressed them while still cold. The juice
was cold settled, allowed to begin fermentation, and then moved to 60-gallon French and European barrels. The wine
was aged in 20% new and 29% six-month-old barrels for six months.
Tasting Notes: Just a few days after bottling we got rafts of Anjou pear, yellow delicious apple and white rose, off the
wall a little later are kumquat, butterscotch, cinnamon and a hint of lilac. By mouth honey crisp apple tart, sweet plantain,
lemon curd, and Puerto Rican Papaya jostle deliciously and are conveyed throughout by a bright, luscious, and though
hard to believe, absolutely sugarless finish. (Tasted 5-19-23)
86% Chardonnay, 14% Colombard
Age of Vines
30 to 50 years
0.75 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar: 0.05%
Avg. Brix at Harvest:
24.4 o Brix
September 8 through 21, 2022
Length/Type of Aging:
6 months in 60-gal oak barrels.
20% new and 29% sixmonth-old French & European oak from Nadalie, Trust, Treuil, Billon, and Latour
May 11 through 16, 2023
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