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Kosta Browne Estate Series

2016 Bootlegger’s Hill, Chardonnay

An unmatched treasure in Russian River

Facts of Note

CELLAR

Drink in 2020

VESSEL

100% native barrel fermentation

CLONE

Hyde-selected Old Wente

Once an apple orchard and a region used to cart moonshine through during Prohibition, the 30-acre Bootlegger’s Hill Vineyard sits 750 feet above sea level and the fog line, surrounded by redwood and fir trees. The ranch has six varieties of Pinot Noir clones and features two blocks of Chardonnay planted in the region’s hallmark sandy loam Goldridge soils, derived from an ancient sea bed. The Chardonnay lies on the northern edge of the vineyard. This portion gently slopes toward a backdrop of redwoods, collecting cool air and is the perfect location to grow this variety.

Though vines were first planted on the site in 2009, the bulk of the vineyard was planted the following year in 2010. Selections of the Wente Chardonnay clone from the famous Hyde Vineyard makes this small-lot Chardonnay even more special. To retain the delicate aromatics, the Chardonnay was made by utilizing 100% native barrel fermentation with cold temperatures.

2016 Bootlegger’s Hill Russian River Valley - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Bootlegger's Hill
Clones
Hyde selection of Wente
Orientation
North/East
Trellising
VSP
Soil
Goldridge

Technical
Details

Fermentation
100% Native Barrel Fermentation
Oak
50% New French Oak / aged 15 months
Alcohol
14.1%
pH
3.25
TA
6.8 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Alluring and bright, with gentle hints of oyster shell, lanolin, kumquat and lemon crème.

Mouth: Precise and broad mouthfeel, with notes lemon blossom, baking spice, and a textural complexity that lingers.