Winemakers

John Wilson

Technical Data

Acidity
7.2 g/L - pH: 3.45

Alcohol
14.3%

Suggested Retail Price

$29.99

Estate Chardonnay

Thomas George Estates

ESTATE CHARDONNAY CONCRETE 2012

Background

Founded in 2008, Thomas George Estates Winery is an artisan Russian River Valley producer of small lot, vineyard designated wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Baker Ridge Vineyard and the Thomas George Estates winery are located just off Westside Road in the acclaimed Middle Reach region of the Russian River Valley. Both the vineyard and winery were originally owned by winemaking legend Davis Bynum, who was the first individual to establish a winery on Westside Road, and the first to bottle a wine using the Russian River Valley appellation designation. Building on this legacy, the Baker family has reinvigorated the vineyard and winery (with Davis’s enthusiastic support), replanting all but the most coveted old Pinot Noir vines, and building a state-ofthe- art winemaking facility within the hop kilns buildings that housed the original winery. As part of the revitalization of this beautiful and iconic property, the Bakers have added an expansive crush pad and 8,000 square feet of caves for optimal barrel storage, and winery events.

Appellation

Russian River Valley, California

Varietal Composition

100% Chardonnay

Winemaking

A blend from our three Estate Vineyards: Cresta Ridge (25%), Baker Ridge (38%), and Starr Ridge (37%) Estate Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The wine saw no malolactic fermentation.

Aged sur lie in a 500 gallon stone concrete egg for nine months.

Tasting Notes

This wine shows boisterous aromas of ripe tropical fruit, banana, peach, pineapple, and jackfruit. The Goldridge soils at Cresta Ridge Vineyard give this wine bright fruit and crsip finish. The clay soils of Starr Ridge Vineyard add the broad mouth feel and texture to the wine. Guava, papaya, almond and brioche flavors are strong on the palate. Over the first 3-5 years, this wine will evolve into a richer and more viscous wine offering secondary flavors of graphite, honey, and orange blossom.