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Russian River Ranches

2015 Chardonnay

Russian River Ranches is a cuvée of distinct vineyard lots, each contributing its own personality to the wine. This wine is made from the Sonoma Coast appellation, which features diverse soil types and growing conditions perfect for producing exceptional Chardonnay. This vintage blend contains fruit from our six estate vineyards and a small group of carefully selected growers.

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Flavor Notes

On the nose, Russian River Ranches is a virtual cornucopia of aromatic fruit. It opens with scents of Bosc pear and Honeycrisp apple accentuated with notes of nougat, roasted nuts, oak spice and a hint of citrus blossom. True to the Russian River Ranches style, the wine is beautifully focused with a nice, bright acidity and balanced by a long palate structure. This vintage is refreshing and juicy with crisp, zesty flavors of lemon, green apple, barrel spice and lime that dissolve to a light, creamy mid-palate before ending with our signature citrus acidity and long, palate cleansing finish.

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Alcohol

14.2%

TA

6.3 gms/L

PH

3.3

RS

2.15 gms/L

Vintage

2015

Appellation

Sonoma Coast

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

85% Oak, 15% Tank, 100% Malolactic

Maturation

Free-run juice is settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to French oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine is then aged sur-lies in French Oak barrels.

The Making Of

Grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, then cooled to preserve the fruit's fresh flavors and natural acidity. Hand-sorted grapes are whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins.

Virtual Swirl

Tasting wine begins well before the liquid ever touches your lips - it starts with a look, a swirl, and an intake of breath. The swirl serves to open your vintage and introduces oxygen which creates a bouquet of aromas and allows you to gauge viscosity and alcohol content. Our Russian River Ranches swirl showcases its beautiful straw coloring indicative of a well-crafted Chardonnay and opens with the aroma of pear, citrus notes, and oak spice.

Recipes & Pairings

How to Create the Perfect Pairing

The Russian River Ranches Chardonnay's citrus blossom notes pair well with the following to create a truly immersive wine experience.

  • Risotto

  • Chicken

  • Salmon

  • Prawns

  • Squash Soup

Risotto With Asparagus, Roasted Garlic, and Lemon

Risottos are wonderful “comfort foods”. The key is to make sure that when the risotto gets to that magic place where each grain of rice is soft and creamy, but still with a little texture in the very center. Serve it up immediately! If you wait more than a few minutes it gets too soft and gummy. This recipe is best when paired with our Russian River Ranches Chardonnay.

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Jerk Chicken

From Jamaica and the Caribbean, Jerk Chicken is traditionally grilled but you could also roast in a 400-degree oven and finish under a hot broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp the skin and give it a little char.

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Winter Squash Soup

This simple-to-make seasonal soup will warm your heart! The Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is a wonderful complement for this soup.

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