2006 Darioush Signature Chardonnay * Russian River

Elegance and style is what Darioush sought out for the Signature Russian River Chardonnay. The chalky soils and cool climate of our Russian River vineyard allows the Chardonnay clusters to ripen slowly and completely, revealing concentrated flavors of bright citrus and stone fruits. The finished wine offers great character and poise with an expressive balance of acidity and minerality.

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Darioush Distinction

Elegance and style is what Darioush sought out for the Signature Russian River Chardonnay. The chalky soils and cool climate of our Russian River vineyard allows the Chardonnay clusters to ripen slowly and completely, revealing concentrated flavors of bright citrus and stone fruits. The finished wine offers great character and poise with an expressive balance of acidity and minerality.

Tasting Notes

Fragrances of lively lemon zest, nectarine, and Gravenstein apple open the 2006 Russian River Chardonnay. A vivid, austere mouthfeel reveals the delicate balance of earthy minerality, citrus fruit and toasted brioche. Sur-lies aging imparts this crisp, clean wine with an exquisite long finish, accented by notes of crθme brulee, graham cracker and clove.

Composition      100% Chardonnay

Appellation        Russian River          

Cooperage         Aged 11 months in 66% new French oak, Burgundy cooperage

Winemaker        Steve Devitt

Production         502 cases

Release Price     $48.00

Vinification

•     Meticulous attention to detail and minimal handling
•     Hand-harvested into small 28 lb baskets
•     Hand-sorted and whole cluster pressed
•     Malolactic fermentation completed in barrel
•     Aged 11 months sur-lie with bi-monthly batonage
•     Barrel lots racked prior to bottling

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