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Spring Release Wester Reach Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

The Chardonnay wines from 2020 rank alongside 2013, 2015, and 2017 as the finest in recent years. They show impressive intensity alongside obvious natural density as a result of the tiny crop the vines produced in this early, dry season. Our new vintage of Wester Reach shows this character most clearly in its beautiful deep flavor and broad, layered texture.

True to the wine’s name, this four-vineyard blend is anchored in the central part of the Russian River Valley before “reaching out” west toward the higher elevation coastal Green Valley ridges. Flax Estate provides the core of the wine—deep stone fruits and chewy texture. The stony volcanic soil of El Diablo brings breadth and layers of tangerine to the wine. “Out west” we find saline coastal characters from both Bressay Estate and Jentoft – piercing intensity, citrus oils, and vibrant acidity to balance the richness of the valley wines. All the best elements of classic Russian River Chardonnay are present here.

The wine from start to long finish is packed full of lemon, lime, and tangerine fruits. The aromas and flavors are piercing in their intensity and volume, and the wine has great lines and vibrancy. There are complex elements of wild sage, fresh mint, and white flowers that add intrigue beyond simple fruit alone. The core of the wine is deep, oily, and resonant with a rich layered texture and obvious concentration. Candied ginger, toasted hazelnut and orange oil notes complete the profile.

Andy Smith

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Wester Reach Chardonnay  - DuMOL


Harvest Date

August 17th to September 8th


Russian River Valley


Mt Eden & Old Wente

Age of Vines at Harvest

10 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak followed by three months settling in tank. Complete malolactic fermentation.


1450 cases of 750mL


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