De Loach Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020

De Loach Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020

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Region: Sonoma County, California, USA

Vintage: 2020

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Chardonnay

ABV: 14%

Notes: vegan, vegetarian, practising organic, practising biodynamic

Opening with ripe notes of grilled pineapple, cinnamon toast and crème brûlée, this is a delicious Chardonnay. Juicy flavours of Gravenstein apple, lemon and grapefruit are met with a hint of white flower. There is a nice weight on the mid-palate with persistent acidity and a refreshing finish.

The cool, foggy Russian River Valley climate allows for slow ripening, ideal for Chardonnay to develop full flavour maturation. Grapes were predominantly harvested from the BCD Vineyard, the Norris Vineyard and the Boriolo Vineyard. Each of these Russian River Valley Vineyards are certified Sonoma Sustainable and contribute their unique complexities to the final blend. The BCD Vineyard, located adjacent to the DeLoach Estate on a very gentle south facing slope, features heavy clay soils that decrease the vigor of the vines and is influenced by the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The Norris Vineyard is located in the Chalk Hill sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and the Boriolo Vineyard is located on the Olivet Bench northeast of the winery.

Established in 1973 by Cecil De Loach, a firefighter from San Francisco, De Loach was purchased by Burgundian Jean-Claude Boisset in 2003. His son Jean-Charles Boisset saw the similarities of the Russian River Valley with his native Burgundy and the potential that the region held for producing fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One of his first decisions having acquired the estate was