2020 Kosta Brown 'One-Sixteen' Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, California
The marine influence that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast is a powerful attribute of this region. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers the vines a well-deserved break from daytime temperatures. The collection of famous Chardonnay vineyards that Kosta Brown works with for this wine are located in the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, fruit can mature gracefully on the vine. Individual pressed lots were fermented in barrel or foudres, all 100% native primary and malolactic fermentations, which adds depth and complexity to the finished wine. From its rich yet lean and focused structure to the vivid notes of citrus, honeysuckle, and crème brûlée, this wine has a vivacious acidity and is worth the wait. Vineyard sources are Zio Tony, El Diablo, Keefer Ranch, Charles Ranch, Flora Marie, Ritchie, Bootlegger’s Hill, and Winner’s Circle.
Vivid citrus notes of lemon and lime zest, pear, fresh honeysuckle and custard crème brûlée delight as a brilliant minerality envelops the senses. A dichotomy of rich and lean with bright acidity and focused structure. Pure fruit and a mesmerizing mid-palate precede a long, nimble finish.
Fermentation: 73% barrel, 27% foudre
Aging: 21% new French oak for 14 months, 28% wood cask for 8 months, 7% new Austrian oak for 14 months, prior to bottling 100% stainless steel for 4 months