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Tended under the thoughtful eye of the Ross family, the rolling hills of Ross Station (a former peach orchard) produce concentrated, expressive Chardonnay. The sandy loam and Goldridge soils encourage the development of complex flavours thanks to excellent drainage and low soil fertility.
2014 was an outstanding growing season in the Russian River Valley. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigour, and a warm summer without disruptive heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening conditions. The resulting grapes show refreshing acidity, depth, and concentration.
Fruit was harvested by hand at night when it was still cool from the field. The wine was barrel-fermented by indigenous yeast, which encouraged complex flavour development, then went through spontaneous malolactic fermentation. It rested in French oak (60% new) for 15 months until it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Ross Station Estate is an icon, showing the purity of Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. Pearlescent pale straw in the glass, it opens with exotic, spicy aromas of vanilla bean, jasmine, white currant, and yellow peach. Fleshy but finely-textured on the palate, the marriage of amplitude and purity is striking.
“A beautiful white with green tropical fruit and lime undertones. Korean pears. Full and dense with compacted fruit structure and richness. Linear and beautiful. Drink or hold.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017
“A little closed, the 2014 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate has pink grapefruit and ripe peach notes with nuances of honeysuckle and baking bread. Full-bodied, rich and toasty in the mouth, it has a pretty silken texture and just a bit of warmth on the finish.”
93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017
“Broad and ample on the palate, the 2014 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate is wonderfully creamy in its first impression. Baked apple, pastry and buttery notes give the Ross Station texture, richness and depth. Drink it over the next handful of years.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2017