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Library 2013 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Library 2013 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
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/ 750 ML bottle

Wine Specs
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rued Vineyard
6.0 g/L
Aged 15 months in French Oak (50% new barrels)
100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation, bottled unfiltered, stirred lees
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Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
In 1969 Warren Dutton planted this scenic Chardonnay vineyard on a redwood ringed, east-facing hillside in Green Valley. Originally budded as Old Wente selection, it turns out that over half of the wood he received was a so called “chardonnay musqué” selection, which produce wines of floral, high-toned fruit aromas, and exceptionally rich mouthfeel. The selection has since been propagated across California and is referred to as the “Rued Clone.” Like all of the Wente offshoots, these are not truly “clones” but field selections propagated from preferred vineyard cuttings, rather than a single shoot in a nursery. But the clone is just a small part of the distinction of this magical place. The soil is super sandy Goldridge series, the old vines are dry farmed, impressively healthy, and amazingly consistent, whatever the weather throws at us. The berries are thick skinned and tiny for chard, and produce a wine of solid acidity, unusual minerality, an enticing depth of flavors and tremendous ageabilty.
Food Pairing Notes
With a wine like this, you may find the bottle gone before you get to dinner, but if you do make it last, it will be wonderful with pasta or fowl in a cream sauce or light and bright fare from the sea.