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2015 Moniker Chardonnay

2015 Moniker Chardonnay

2015 Moniker Chardonnay

91 POINTS | Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast
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SKU: CD157MONIK

A rich and bold, New World-style Chardonnay aged three months sur lie in American oak barrels for a sturdy, complex framework for our fruit’s signature pear, apple, crisp mineral, and subtly spicy flavors.

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Wine Profile

The rich and bold, New World-style Moniker Chardonnay was made primarily from grapes grown at La Ribera, our family’s home vineyard along the banks of the Russian River. After gently pressing a combination of whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes, we fermented and aged the wine three months sur lie in American oak barrels. This added a sturdy, complex framework for our fruit’s signature pear, apple and crisp mineral flavors. We then blended in a lush, barrel-fermented Viognier sourced from nearby Hopland and another subtly spicy lot of Chardonnay aged in French oak for a wine that is equal parts nuanced and approachable.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Mendocino County
Acid
0.50 g/100mL
pH
3.37
Aging
Fermented and aged 3 months in 53% new American oak barrels and 47% stainless steel before blending and aging additional 13 months in 100% stainless steel.
Bottling Date
March 2016
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Enthusiast
91

Mendocino’s late bud break is very special from a viticultural standpoint. We are able to pick much later than other regions, allowing the grapes to achieve an optimal balance of sugar and acidity.