2014 Nickel & Nickel
Medina Vineyard
Chardonnay

Russian River Valley, Sonoma


At a Glance

The 2014 Medina Vineyard Chardonnay is a very refreshing wine with gorgeous, floral aromas leading to bright flavors of lemon-lime, tangerine, honeysuckle and Muscat on the palate. Spicy oak complements these flavors, while a backbone of vibrant acidity becomes refreshingly dry on the finish.


Goldridge soil series from Medina Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1969

VARIETAL

Chardonnay

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Rued Chardonnay clone 7 on two rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • Shwartzman

ACREAGE

6.5 acres

TRELLISING

California T-top

GEOLOGY

Comprised of sandy loam from the Goldridge soil series, the soil is deep, soft and well drained.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 27, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

FERMENTATION

Whole cluster pressed barrel fermented (no ML)

AGING

9 months in French oak

  • 52% new
  • 48% once-used

RELEASE DATE

March 2016

FIRST VINTAGE

2005

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

The marine influence has a distinct influence on the character of Russian River Chardonnay, offering vibrant acidity and a floral expression to the fruit. In 2014, a warm, dry spring led to an early bud break and bloom. The canopies were very healthy and the crop load was normal. Leaves were stripped around the fruiting zone, exposing the fruit as much as possible. Fog lingered during the summer in this area, with few sunny mornings delaying veraison. Warmer temperatures in early September encouraged flavor development and we harvested this vineyard just as the rains came late September.

The 2014 Medina Vineyard Chardonnay is a very refreshing wine with gorgeous, floral aromas leading to bright flavors of lemon-lime, tangerine, honeysuckle and Muscat on the palate. Spicy oak complements these flavors, while a backbone of vibrant acidity becomes refreshingly dry on the finish.