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SOUVERAIN 11 CH WINEMAKER'S
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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SOUVERAIN 2011 CHARDONNAY "WINEMAKER'S RESERVE" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

Outstanding vineyard sources from the Russian River are the foundation for this wine. It is a true Winemakerís Reserve with head winemaker Ed Killian carefully selecting only his favorite barrels from the most outstanding lots of Chardonnay from this cool-climate region. Throughout the winemaking process, Ed monitors each lot for outstanding quality and then selects the best individual barrels for their most virtuous characteristics before he finalizes his Reserve blend.

The Chardonnay grapes chosen for this wine were 100% hand-picked then pressed as whole clusters to yield the most delicate juice possible. The juice was then fermented in 100% French oak with 12% of those barrels being new. This wine went through 100% Malolactic conversion which adds to the complexity and full body richness. The wine was aged on the lees with monthly battonage. The rich, forward fruit of the Russian River coupled with 15 months of barrel age created multi-layered spicy and toasty complexities as well as the lovely rich mouthfeel that has become the hallmark of the Souverain Winemakerís Reserve Chardonnay.

Richly extracted lemon-gold color is followed by complex aromas hinting at apricot, star jasmine, creme brulee and a bit of toasty French oak. This Chardonnay makes a seamless transition to a full bodied mouth that echoes the nose and adds a sense of tropical fruit framed by balanced acidity and a finishing creaminess from the extended lees contact time.
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