Winemakers

John Wilson

Technical Data

Acidity
6.9 g/L - pH: 3.22

Alcohol
14.6%

Suggested Retail Price

$29.99

Thomas George Estates

ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2013

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.
Thomas George Estates is run by the father-and-son team of Thomas and Jeremy Baker—who have dedicated themselves to establishing a world-class winery focused on site-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown in the cool heart of the Russian River Valley. The essence of our winemaking philosophy is to respect and reflect in our wines their vineyard, varietal and vintage.
To realize this vision, the Baker family has assembled an estate vineyard program that includes four distinct and coveted vineyards— Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch. Offering a diversity of microclimates, soil types, exposures, vine age and clonal material, these exceptional vineyard sites provide Thomas George Estates with a complex palette of fruit from which to craft its limited-production wines. These artisan wines are handmade in small lots in a style emphasizing balance, brightness and terroir-inspired sophistication.

Appellation

Russian River Valley, California

Varietal Composition

100% Chardonnay

Winemaking

A blend from our four Estate Vineyards, Cresta Ridge (45%), Sons and Daughters Ranch (37%), Baker Ridge (13%), and Starr Ridge (5%) Estate Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The fruit was hand harvested and whole cluster pressed to tank, settled, and racked in barrels and stainless tanks (37%). Fermentation was just under three weeks at temperatures between 60° – 64°F.

The lees in each barrel (63% French oak, 15% new) were stirred twice a month for the first four months, then allowed to settle. The wine aged sur lie with 15% malolactic conversion.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of star fruit, lemon, banana and hazelnut offer a classic expression of Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The limited malolactic conversion allows subtle flavors of citrus zest and custard to express themselves amongst stronger notes of stone fruit. The finish lingers long, with nice weight and full body. Enjoy now and cellar through 2023.