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Kosta Browne Estate Series

2017 Bootlegger’s Hill,

An unmatched treasure in Russian River

Facts of Note

STYLE

Unfiltered expression of Chardonnay

AGING

70% aged in new oak

HARVEST

Picked over two weeks

Like many of California’s most celebrated vineyards located in the iconic Russian River Valley, Bootlegger’s Hill was once an apple orchard. 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 seabed. 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. Made exclusively from the famed Hyde clone of Chardonnay, this wine is vibrant and energetic with elegant aromas of lemon curd, jasmine, and a pleasant hint of flinty minerality. A beam of racy acidity complements the silky poise and purity of flavors, including bright citrus, sweet green apple, and fascinating notes of oyster shells.

2017 Bootlegger’s Hill Russian River Valley, Chardonnay - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

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

Technical
Details

Fermentation
100% barrel fermented, 62% fermented in new Stockinger Puncheons
Oak
62% aged in new Austrian oak, 9% new French oak for 16 months
Alcohol
13.5%
pH
3.26
TA
7.00 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Vibrant aromas of lemon curd, honeycomb, and jasmine are balanced by a pleasant, flinty lift.

Mouth: Tantalizing and bright, with racy acidity. Notes of citrus peel, sweet green apple, and oyster shells are illuminated.