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2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
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Wine Specs
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rued Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 20, 2019
5.6 gm/Lit.
18 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Bottling Date
April 20th, 2021
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Tasting Notes
The resulting wines have a bit of extra plushness, which shows in our Rued Chardonnay with a creamy quality to the opening aromatics. The classic lychee and tangerine are framed by pretty gardenia, Asian pear, and a little nutty brioche. In the mouth, the wine is rich yet remains light on its feet, and beautifully balanced. Lively lemon drop flavors lead the way, supported by jasmine accents. The long succulent pear pie finish is topped off with brisk citrus zest before a final kiss of butterscotch.
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. Old vines with deep roots and strong canopies like those at Rued barely notice weather vagaries, maintaining their stoic presence no matter what Mother Nature brings. If anything, the Labor Day weekend heat spike gave the fruit a bit of extra concentration that shows immediately in the vivid aromatics of the 2017 vintage.
Winemaker Notes
The exceptional fruit from this old vineyard enables the winemaker to pull out all the stops and still produce a wine of great structure and fruit focus. Rued is 100% barrel fermented, and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. A large portion of the barrels are fermented using native yeast for richness and complexity, while some are inoculated with cultured strains that showcase the floral aromatics of the clone. The blend for this wine was barrel selected in April 2020, blended along with the primary yeast lees, and then sent back to barrel until bottling in April of 2021. For this special wine our signature barrel blend combines the fresh ginger and high-toned spice of Seguin Moreau Premium barrels, the structure and richness imparted by Taransaud, and a touch of Fouquet's ebullience. With the great solidity and concentration of this fruit, long barrel aging elicits a wonderful combination of lushness and complexity in the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Go with dishes that match the texture of the wine, such as a creamy lobster risotto, seared scallops, and butter poached halibut. For cheeses, select those with a salty bite, like our Valley Ford Estero Gold Reserve, as a counterpoint.
Other Notes
91, Planet Grape; 9, Vinography; 93, International Wine Review; 5 Stars, Restaurant Wine; 90, Jeb Dunnuck