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The 2013 Nickel & Nickel Medina Vineyard Chardonnay offers delicate aromas of flowers and spice, with flavors of Muscat, pear and lemon rind expressed on the palate. The lemon-lime acidity is refreshing, along with hints of stone and spicy oak. The fruit notes are forward upon entry with a nice balance that becomes dry on the finish, beckoning for another sip.
Goldridge soil series from Medina Vineyard
Russian River Valley
Rued Chardonnay clone 7 on two rootstocks:
Comprised of sandy loam from the Goldridge soil series, the soil is deep, soft and well drained.
Medina Vineyard is located in the Green Valley subappellation of the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma. Planted in 1969, the vineyard rests on a gentle, rolling slope with a northeastern exposure that offers plentiful sunlight throughout the day. Medina Vineyard is composed of Goldridge sandy loam soils, which produce vines of moderate vigor. The coastal influence produces daytime temperatures that allow the grapes to slowly develop full ripeness, while retaining perfect balance.
September 21 – October 2, 2013
Whole cluster pressed barrel fermented (no ML)
9 months in French oak
Another remarkable growing season led to an outstanding year in the Russian River Valley. A warm, dry spring led to an early budbreak and beautiful weather conditions continued through the season. The canopies were healthy with a large crop load. We removed leaves around the fruiting zone, exposing the fruit as much as possible. The cool, foggy mornings helped retain natural acidity, while the warmer afternoons developed flavor. With the exception of one heat spike in early July, the temperatures were ideal for ripening. We harvested one block early, when the floral flavors peaked, and waited for the last block’s beautiful, Muscat flavors to develop.