2012 Chardonnay Route 121, Carneros

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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

"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring budbreak, steady flowering, even fruit-set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley's treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar. Napa Valley Vintners: Napa Valley Harvest Report 2012

Vinification

Barrel Aging: 25% new French oak

Tasting Notes

RouteStock 2012 Chardonnay’s beautiful aromas of almond, honey, guava and white peach and delicate toasty oak notes characterize this wine. The palate is creamy, with flavors of Fuji apple, pear and ripe citrus that linger on the palate. Wayne Donaldson, Winemaker

Technical Information

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Production: 4,118 cases (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 14.5%
TA: 5.7g/L
pH: 3.59

2013 Chardonnay Route 121, Carneros

pdfFact Sheet


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 warm, dry spring brought early budbreak, helped with canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The start of harvest was the earliest in recent history, about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests in the last decade. Yields on the whole have been above average. Napa Valley Vintners: Napa Valley Harvest Report 2013

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Routestock Carneros Chardonnay has a delightful pale straw color with lime hues. The aromas are of honeysuckle, orange blossom and crème brûlée with layers of vanilla and a hint of toffee. The palate is lively yet soft with flavors of lemon cream pie and merange. Try this wine with fresh sole meunier with a butter caper sauce and asparagus. Delicious. – Wayne Donaldson, Winemaker

Technical Information

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Production: 2,542 cases (12/750ml)
Alcohol: 14.5%
TA: 6g/L
pH: 3.23

2014 Chardonnay Route 121, Carneros

pdfFact Sheet


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
winereviewonline.com
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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