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2013 SIMI Sonoma County Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma County
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.49
Aging
85% aged for eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 30% new (20% French, 10% American) while the remaining 15% aged in stainless steel
Fermentation
Predominantly barrel fermented; 30% malolactic fermentation
Residual Sugar
2.1 g/L
Alcohol %
13.5

2013 SIMI Sonoma County Chardonnay

Lifted aromatics of citrus, lightly spiced with toasty oak and hints of buttery cream add a savory character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, fresh, forward flavors of nectarine, peach, and lemon lifted by a lightly toasted and warm oak character. 

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
100% Chardonnay

The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw with glimmers of golden light—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive tropical notes of mango, delicate pear, and bright stone fruit. Lifted aromatics of citrus, lightly spiced with toasty oak and hints of buttery cream add a savory character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, fresh, forward flavors of nectarine, peach, and lemon lifted by a lightly toasted and warm oak character. The oak incorporates sweet vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon characteristics, balanced with a delicate, zesty, lemony finish.

Vineyard Notes
Each of Sonoma County’s most prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offers a remarkably distinct fruit profile. We blended grapes almost evenly from all four of these regions to make our 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 26% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 26% coming from Alexander Valley, and 22% coming from Sonoma Coast. Grapes from the Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros—Sonoma County’s coolest growing region—added brilliant acidity and bright, pure, mouthwatering flavors of green apple, tangerine, and lemon. Fruit from the Goldfields and Stiling vineyards of the Russian River Valley brought richness, elegance, and fruit flavors leaning toward the tropical, such as peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. In the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer, Chardonnay from Reedy, Clark, and Hoot Owl Creek vineyards contributed full, ripe orchard fruit flavors of Red Delicious apples and pear followed by a generous mouthfeel.
Production Notes
This vintage was a great growing season for white varietals with a wet spring and rains stopping just upon flowering. This set up an extended growing and ripening season with moderate temperatures ranging from 78 to 92ºF during the day. Nights were cool and mornings were foggy—conditions that led to slow, gentle ripening for full fruit expression while maintaining a bright minerality. We harvested the Chardonnay fruit for this wine starting on August 31 and ending on October 5. Brix levels ranged from 22.9 to 25.1º, providing ideal structure for this wine.
Winemaker Notes
The majority of fruit for this Chardonnay went directly to the press in whole clusters to safeguard the pure fruit flavors. We then barrel fermented most of the wine, with 30% undergoing malolactic fermentation. After fermentation, we aged 85% of this Chardonnay for eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 30% of which were new (20% French, 10% American).
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this 2013 Chardonnay by serving it with spaghetti alla carbonara, roasted turkey and creamed spinach, garlic grilled prawns or saffron and English pea risotto (Risi Bisi).
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