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RS NV Chardonnay Bottle 2012 later PPRouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

Route 121

Route 121 meanders through Carneros (“ram” in Spanish), a region once known for its sheep populations. On a drive down Route 121 you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Carneros Chardonnay.

Carneros is well-known as a cool-climate region, perfect for growing Chardonnay. The morning fog and afternoon breezes off the chilly San Pablo Bay cool the region, while the Napa and Sonoma valleys to the north heat it up. This heat causes the air to draw inland over Carneros, drying the vines of the moist morning fog. As night falls, the fog rolls in, protecting the vines from potential morning sun.

Vintage Report

A dry winter and warm spring started budbreak early — even for the cool Carneros region — with February and March seeing record warm temperatures. Flowering was uneventful, with a healthy crop of Chardonnay being set. Although May was unusually cool, the remainder of the growing season was took place early and without incident. Sugars, acids and physiological ripeness were all in excellent balance. We harvested Chardonnay in late August, the earliest on record.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful straw color with an explosive nose of clove, pear and toasted pine nuts. The wine fills the palate with a richness that also shows the fine acidity that Carneros give to us. The exotic flavors of this well-balanced Chardonnay are of apple, pear, lemon rind, jasmine tea and toasty oak that come together to deliver a wine of richness and power, yet with an amazing freshness. – Vance Rose, Winemaker

Technical Information

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Barrel Aging: 9 months in French oak (20% new)
Cases Produced: 6,590 (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 14.4%
pH: 3.42
TA: 6.61g/L

2013 Chardonnay

90 points
Wine Enthusiast
"This is a dry, full-bodied deal of a wine, offering melon, papaya and zesty acidity around plenty of breadth and depth. Textured and luxurious, it finishes in ginger and Asian pear."
Virginie Boone, June 2016

Critics Gold, 91 points
January 8, 2016

Gold Medal
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 8, 2016

Double Gold Medal
Grand Harvest Awards
December 4, 2015

2012 Chardonnay

89 points
Wine Enthusiast
"Apple and fig are layered throughout this elegant, medium-bodied wine that offers the ripeness of a warm vintage without veering into sweetness. The barrel impact is managed well, adding to the impact of honey and dried nuts on the finish."
Virginie Boone, March 1, 2015

Gold Medal
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 9, 2015

Best Buy
Wine & Spirits
"Plump as a golden raisin, this is a generous Carneros chardonnay without the usual price tag. A by-the-case wine for parties."
October 2014

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