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Ancient Oak Chardonnay – Russian River Valley – 2011

Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley is one of the finest places to grow Chardonnay in the world. The consistent climate pattern during the summer growing season – no rain, cool, often foggy mornings followed by sunny, warm afternoons, and an evening cool-down – produces fruit without the high sugar and low acids that can result in chardonnay grapes from warmer climates.

Our 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay has aromas of apple and pear with a touch of citrus, a full mouthfeel, and a long finish balanced between acid, fruit, and tannins. With its complexity of flavor and rich mouthfeel, the wine will stand alone, but it has enough brightness and acidity to pair well with food.

A balanced Chardonnay is one of the most versatile of wines. Ancient Oak Cellars’ Sonoma County Chardonnay is a comfortable companion that will continue to reward you with each sip throughout the evening. Of course it truly shines with good food. There is enough brightness and acidity to work even with unusual appetizers with an Asian or spicy twist. At the same time, there is complexity to the flavors and a rich, toasty mouthfeel that will complement cheese, meats or baked dishes. If you are a dedicated white wine drinker, you will rely on this Chardonnay no matter what the entree, and if you are a red wine drinker, you will still prefer this wine for many food pairings.

In Sonoma County, the consistent climate pattern during the summer growing season – no rain, cool, often foggy mornings followed by sunny, warm afternoons, and an evening cool-down ensure the harvest of nearly perfect fruit. The lack of rain means the vine vigor is naturally kept in check and easily controlled. It also means that the fruit is very clean of disease and undiluted by rainwater at harvest. The consistent mid-day and afternoon sun develops rich flavor in the grape skins. The cooling fog eliminates excessive heat that, in other climates, breaks down those flavors, builds excessive sugar, excessively reduces the natural acids, or burns the fruit.

Sonoma County is one of the finest places to grow Chardonnay in the world. Ancient Oak Cellars seeks to show off Sonoma County’s best with our Chardonnay. It is not about pretension or hype; it is about being in the right place to make the right wine. To this end we source some of the best fruit in the County and then let the grapes make the wine.


Wine Program: Appellation Series
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 1500
Alcohol Percentage: 14.2%
Status: Currently Available
Vintage: 2011
pH at Harvest: 2.8
tA at Harvest: 5.5

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