ESTATE CHARDONNAY CRESTA RIDGE VINEYARD
Thomas George Estates
Russian River Valley
Founded in 2008, Thomas George Estates Winery is an artisan Russian River Valley producer of small lot, vineyard designated wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Baker family has assembled an estate vineyard program that includes four distinct and coveted vineyards—Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch. Offering a diversity of microclimates, soil types, exposures, vine age and clonal material, these exceptional vineyard sites provide Thomas George Estates with a complex palette of fruit from which to craft its limitedproduction wines. These artisan wines are handmade in small lots in a style that emphasizes balance, brightness and terroir-inspired sophistication. The winery acquired Cresta Ridge Vineyard in 2008, planted in the late 1990’s by Gary and Debbie Farrell. Cresta Ridge is located to the west of Thomas George Estates, providing the winery with a compelling and dynamic array of Estate fruit from which to its produce it small lot bottlings.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
This 2012 Chardonnay features Dijon clones 95 and 76 from our Cresta Ridge Vineyard in the Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River Valley. The fruit was whole cluster pressed to tank, settled, and racked to 77% French oak barrels (28% new) and 23% concrete egg. This Chardonnay was fermented for three weeks at temperatures between 59º–64º The lees in each barrel were stirred twice a month for the first four months, then allowed to settle. Malolactic conversion was inhibited at 20%.TASTING NOTES
Our most overt Chardonnay shows intense aromatics of stone fruit, green apple and white flower. The palate is rich with spring cream and lemon custard. This nutrient deprived, snady-loam soil lends a very layered Chardonnay. Enjoy now and cellar through 2022.