2014 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay


Tasting Notes

The old dry-farmed vines at Rued gave us another beautiful harvest in 2014, with intense flavors at low sugars and high acids—just what we love from this vineyard. The citrus characters lead the aromas this vintage, promising the mouth-watering taste to come. The energetic lemon oil of the nose is accented by tropical notes of guava, kumquat and young pineapple. A whiff of jasmine and an underlay of chestnut perform a floral/savory dance, with crushed oyster shells adding a note of mineral salinity. As you dive in for the first sip, the lemon and tangerine spreads out in a creamy but gossamer light caress, providing an enthralling textural element to the wine that’s usually reserved for reds. The lingering finish of vanilla brioche is both decadently rich and super bright. With a wine like this, you may find the bottle gone before you get to dinner, but if you do make it last, it will be wonderful with pasta or fowl in a cream sauce or light and bright fare from the sea. Try to put some away in your cellar to see how amazingly it shows with a few years of age.

Winemaker's Notes

The exceptional fruit from this old vineyard enables the winemaker to pull out all the stops and still produce a wine of great structure and fruit focus. Rued is 100% barrel fermented, and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. A large portion of the barrels are fermented using native yeast for richness and complexity, while some are inoculated with cultured strains that showcase the floral aromatics of the clone. The blend for this wine was barrel selected in April 2015, blended along with the primary yeast lees, and then sent back to barrel until bottling at the end of January 2016. For this special wine our signature barrel blend combines the fresh ginger and high-toned spice of Seguin Moreau Premium barrels, the structure and richness imparted by Taransaud, and a touch of Fouquet's ebullience. With the great solidity and concentration of this fruit, long barrel aging elicits a wonderful combination of lushness and complexity in the wine.

Awards & Accolades

95 Palate Press View Article

92 Wine Enthusiast View Article

92 Wine & Spirits

91 Planet Grape

90 Connoiseur's Guide

Forbes article 1/23/18: "The Chardonnay of the Month, Maybe the Year"

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2014 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%
TA: 6.0 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.4
Winemaking: 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation, bottled unfiltered, stirred lees
Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak (50% new barrels)

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