Chardonnay Rodney Strong, Chalk Hill, Sonoma, USA 2013

 Rodney OUR STORY At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking, exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future. We are solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.HISTORY In 1965, our founder Rod Strong was the first to plant Chardonnay in what would later be recognized as the Chalk Hill American Viticultural Area (AVA), established officially in 1983. He recognized the region as distinct from the rest of Russian River Valley for its unique volcanic white soils, which impart a subtle mineral character to wines grown there.THE VINEYARD 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allows for picking all varieties in their turn when they are perfectly mature. Our Chalk Hill Chardonnay was harvested August 30th through September 21st under ideal conditions.TASTING NOTES Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities. During the eleven months of barrel aging, we regularly stirred the “lees” in barrel, and later in tank, which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. In the glass, the wine is both creamy and crisp, with golden delicious yellow apple, baked pie spices with a hint of minerality on the long finish. Enjoy over the next one to three years with lobster, herb crusted halibut or grilled veal chops with sautéed mushrooms.