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Library-2012 Walker Hill Chardonnay

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Library-2012 Walker Hill Chardonnay
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Wine Specs
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Walker Hill
6.7 gm/Lit.
17 months in French oak (55% new barrels)
Bottling Date
March 2014
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Stephen Tanzer's
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
(Tasting notes at time of first release.) The friendly growing season of 2012 brought out an extra degree of pear and apricot fruit on top of Walker’s searing citrus backbone, but did nothing to blunt the amazing acidity and focus of the wine. This is a serious, as well as seriously delicious, chardonnay. In the nose, it leads like a classic Green Valley chard: lemon/lime and a touch of green apple, but adds wrappings of apricot, banana, butterscotch and ginger to fill it out. In the mouth, it’s a sourball of lime, tangerine and apricot fruits, with just enough toffee, cream and oily viscosity to round the edges of this laser focused wine. The finish of fresh lemons and ginger just taunts you to come back for more. Try this wine now with anything decadent, rich and creamy, or just by itself when you’re in a hedonistic mood. But be sure to save a few bottles—you’ll be blown away in 10 years.
Vineyard Notes
The rudder in crafting Dutton-Goldfield wines is our endeavor to produce wines that our winemakers love to drink. We see no more reliable assessment, and besides, it covers our downside risk. Walker Chardonnay is a wine we hugely love to drink, and owes its existence to that fact. We've been producing wine from the old Wente vines up at Walker since 2006 for our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, and the preponderance of the barrels still support that program; but the 2011 Walker was the jewel of the year for Dan and a designated bottling just had to be done. Once again in 2012, this offering is everything we want of Green Valley Chardonnay: powerful citrus fruit and tense acidity wrapped in the candied setting of classic chardonnay winemaking. The block, planted in the early ‘80s, is situated 500 vertical feet above Purrington Creek on fluffy Goldridge soil. The vines produce the tiny berries and thick skins we so love from old Wente in Green Valley.
Production Notes
This wine is such a pleasure to produce (other than the 6 months it takes to get through malolactic). After fermentation we had 30 barrels and 3 fermentation lots of Walker chard. For this special offering we chose 5 barrels from the indigenous fermentation lot (complex and a bit wild), 5 from our M2 lot (tremendously precise and lively), and 2 from the XE lot (ebullient citrus/pear fruit). These were blended in May of 2013, with their primary lees, and sent back to barrel until bottling in March of 2014. For this wine we love the ginger tones of Seguin Moreau BGC barrels, and the solidity of Taransuad; but more than anything we love that no matter what the winemakers do, it’s the fruit of Walker that is the star.