Raeburn Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020 750mL TPTasting Panel
Raeburn is an Olde English term which means the river where one goes to drink. So it’s fitting that Raeburn’s expressive, beautifully balanced Chardonnay begins in the heart of the Russian River Valley where some of the world’s finest Chardonnay grapes are grown.
Ripe, luscious and delicious, let Raeburn take you to the river to share a laugh with friends, enhance your favorite meal or just let the day fall away.
RUSSIAN RIVER TERROIR
The Russian River Valley is cooled by daily fog of the Pacific Ocean located a few miles to the west. Nearly every evening, fog flows up the Russian River channel and east through the Petaluma Gap producing diurnal temperature swings ranging from 35° to 40° F. Nature’s air conditioning allows our Chardonnay to ripen slowly while retaining its bright, natural acidity.
2020 was a challenging year in the Russian River Valley. The wildfires in and around Sonoma County pushed our winemaking team to continue to be resilient and delivered beautifully crafted and well-balanced wines. A dry winter was followed by a dry and warm spring with moderate temperatures that yielded a long and even growing season. A hot summer pushed the vines to deliver a small berry set, low yield and an early harvest.
Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Crème Brûlée with a balanced and elegant finish.
Our Chardonnay is hand-picked at dawn from several Russian River Valley vineyards to maintain ideal brix levels of 24° to 24.5°. Once at the winery, we whole cluster press the fruit and gently rack into French and Hungarian oak barrels for fermentation. A quarter of the juice is held aside to ferment and age in stainless steel and the two lots are blended at the time of botting. It yields an elegant layering of toasty, vanilla overtones with bright fruit flavors and a graceful, sophisticated finish.
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay AGING: 75% malolactic fermentation, 75% barrel fermented in French & Hungarian Oak, 50% new, 6 months sur lie aging.