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2016 sonoma county zinfandel

VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING

Valravn is born from bush-pruned vines ranging in age from 50 to 105-years-old. Hand harvesting each vineyard parcel allowed for selection of only the most pristine bunches which averaged 26 brix at harvest. Grapes were hand sorted and gently destemmed before fermentation. In the cellar, a short cold soak was followed by primary fermentation in small two-ton stainless steel vessels. Daily punch downs were done manually. We chose to press a little prior to completion, allowing the fermentation to finish in barrel, to allow for some oak integration at an earlier stage. Malolactic and aging in barrel for ten months, 20% of which was new French oak.

TASTING NOTES

A very lifted aroma of simmering berry sauce emanates from the glass. In the mouth there is a cascade of blue and red fruits alike, comprised of copious amounts of blueberry, cassis and blackberry compote with the faintest hint of blood orange lingering around the perimeter of the core. It is framed in a mocha bean and chocolate ganache flavor. The energetic and long finish presents a sense of freshness that invites further drinking.

2017 sonoma county chardonnay

VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING

Grapes are hand harvested from across the Sonoma County AVA - 40% Sonoma Coast, 30% Russian River & 30% Sonoma Valley. In the cellar, the Russian River component was barrel fermented while the balance underwent primary fermentation in stainless steel. Following primary, 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new, with occasional lees stirring.

TASTING NOTES

Cold climate vineyards in the Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Wind Gap area) provide a core of minerality, ripe peach and apple, and a touch of citrus. These fresh notes are balanced by much richer flavors of toasted hazelnuts, marzipan and ripe pineapple, that come from the barrel fermented Russian River component. Overall, the Valravn Chardonnay walks the delicate line between high toned freshness, and the more powerful flavors of the barrel fermented Chardonnay.

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