Folie à Deux Chardonnay 2018
Russian River Valley
September 17 – October 8, 2018
The Folie à Deux 2018 Chardonnay is opulent and alluring. Indicative of its cool climate origins, this wine has a bright acidity beneath notes of baking spices, ripe pear and apple, peach, lemon custard and hints of orange blossom and vanilla toast. Flavors of ripe vanilla, mandarin and toasted caramel are accompanied by a crisp, refreshing, creamy mid-palate and a long, viscous finish. For an excellent pairing, serve the 2018 Folie à Deux Chardonnay with baked salmon topped with herbs of dill and fresh-squeezed lemon, or try it alongside white mushroom truffle pasta.
Some of the most globally renowned Chardonnay is made from Russian River Valley fruit. The grapes for the 2018 Folie à Deux Chardonnay were sourced primarily from vineyards in this acclaimed AVA. Cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean blankets the Russian River Valley’s vineyards, reducing temperatures by 35 to 40 degrees at night and fostering a long, even growing season.
The fruit for this Chardonnay was selected from premier vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented in French, American and Hungarian (27% new) oak barrels to maintain bright acidity, add complexity and showcase the variety’s rich fruit flavors. The wine underwent 50% malolactic fermentation and then barrel aged 90% for 7 months.
Although the alcohol level is low, the flavors in this Chardonnay are representative of fully ripe, developed fruit. The Russian River Valley’s wide range of alluvial soils—composed primarily of gravel, loam and sand—provides essential water drainage while retaining sufficient moisture and nutrients to support the vines during the appellation’s long growing season. The grapes in this Chardonnay ripened slowly on the vine, developing intense varietal flavors, while retaining a bright and vibrant acidity.