The 2012 Rodgers Creek Chardonnay has a bright golden hue with aromas of star fruit, honeydew melon and stone fruit (peach) with sweet hints jasmine blossom and white truffle. On the palate, perky acidity matches flavors of tangerine, grapefruit and a slight hint of shaved coconut. Enjoy this youthful wine now, but it will continue to develop for 2-3 years.
Rodgers Creek Vineyard lies on the western flank of Sonoma Mountain at the end of the Petaluma Wind Gap and at 550 feet bears the full force of the wind coming off the Pacific Ocean. The constant wind limits the size of the crop and produces small, intensely flavored berries.
The 2012 growing season was ideal for producing great chardonnay. A warm, not hot summer transitioned into a cooler harvest period with no rain or heat spikes. Harvested in mid to late September at ideal ripeness levels, The 2012 Rodgers Creek comes from a combination of Wente Clone and aromatic 809 Clone. Whole cluster pressed, the juice is put to barrel where it undergoes spontaneous fermentation. Full malolactic fermentation and battonage round the wine and add weight and complexity. The wine was aged sur-lie in French Oak (35% New) for 14 months before it was bottled unfiltered.
The 2012 Rodgers Creek Chardonnay will pairs well with sushi, summer melon gazpacho, sourdough BLT, and sautéed spring vegetable pasta with cherry tomatoes.