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2015 Chasseur Graton's Choice Chardonnay Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Dutton: Back-Side Hill Shop Block
Harvest Date
October 4th
Sugar
23.8 degree brix
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.56
Aging
Sixteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 67% new; 50% from Tonnellerie Sirugue and 50% from Francois Freres
Fermentation
100% Malolactic
Bottling Date
February 2, 2017
Alcohol %
14.1

2015 Chasseur Graton's Choice Chardonnay

A study in the virtues of elegant richness and quiet energy, Graton’s choice shows a subtle, complex weaving of aromatic parts, as scents of sweet peach, lemon custard, nutmeg, and toasted wet stone emerge. All these precursor aromas are followed by toasted cashews and smoky mineral notes as well as a zest which elevates on the palate, bringing focus on an impression of weight that sets those opulent fruit notes and their pretty savory counterpoints in high relief.

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The Vintage: This historically low yielding vintage created wines of unparalleled weight. The fourth in a series of drought years in the west affected vine vigor and was responsible for small crop levels never before seen. Warm dry weather was ideal for growing wine which brought in fruit with small bunches and shot berries. An early harvest usually means little fruit hang time which can beg the question of lack of flavor but the wines from this vintage are as flavorful as they are dense.

Winemaker’s Notes: A study in the virtues of elegant richness and quiet energy, Graton’s choice shows a subtle, complex weaving of aromatic parts, as scents of sweet peach, lemon custard, nutmeg, and toasted wet stone emerge. All these precursor aromas are followed by toasted cashews and smoky mineral notes as well as a zest which elevates on the palate, bringing focus on an impression of weight that sets those opulent fruit notes and their pretty savory counterpoints in high relief.

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Winemaker Notes
A study in the virtues of elegant richness and quiet energy, Graton’s choice shows a subtle, complex weaving of aromatic parts, as scents of sweet peach, lemon custard, nutmeg and toasted wet stone emerge. All these precursor aromas are followed by toasted cashews and smoky mineral notes as well as a zest which elevates on the palate, bringing focus on an impression of weight that sets those opulent fruit notes and their pretty savory counterpoints in high relief.
Vintage Notes
This historically low yielding vintage created wines of unparalleled weight. The fourth in a series of drought years in the west affected vine vigor and was responsible for small crop levels never before seen. Warm dry weather was ideal for growing wine which brought in fruit with small bunches and shot berries. An early harvest usually means little fruit hang time which can beg the question of lack of flavor but the wines from this vintage are as flavorful as they are dense.