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Kosta Browne Appellation Wines

2018 One Sixteen Russian River Valley, Chardonnay

A Defining Moment for California Chardonnay

Facts of Note

Cellar

Introduced new cooper, Chassin

Vessel

4% fermented & aged in foudres

Fermentation

100% native fermentation

With idyllic weather from start to finish, 2018 was one of the finest growing seasons of the past decade. Each wine within the Appellation Series embodies the unique qualities we cherish from the regions we work with.

The marine influence that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast is a powerful attribute of this region. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers the vines a well-deserved break from daytime temperatures. The collection of famous Chardonnay vineyards that we work with for this wine are located in the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, fruit can mature gracefully on the vine, which we find offers us more intensely focused flavors.

The mild, extended growing season in 2018 allowed for great acid retention and minimal winemaking intervention. Small, vineyard-specific lots were stirred through malolactic fermentation once per week, adding depth and complexity and all lots went through 100% native primary and malolactic fermentations. This exceptional Chardonnay is energetic, with hints of lemon zest, honeysuckle, brioche and a round, nimble weight.

2018 One Sixteen Russian River Valley  - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Bootlegger's Hill, Zio Tony, Laguna Valdez, Winner's Circle, Ritchie, Charles Ranch, El Diablo, Rued, Keefer Ranch
Clones
Robert Young, Montrachet, Wente, 548, 95, Calera, Batto, Mt. Eden, Hyde, 4, Rued

Technical
Details

Fermentation
100% barrel fermented / 4% foudre
Oak
39% new French oak for 14 months
Alcohol
13.8%
pH
3.31
TA
6.65 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Pure, with bright lemon zest, honeysuckle, cantaloupe and notes of brioche.

Mouth: Precise and intentional entry with a lively energetic mid-palate, focused acidity and a round, nimble weight.