Chardonnay – Russian River Valley
Vineyards and clones: 17% Westside farms (clone 4), 59% Floodgate (Dijon Clone 76), 24% Floodgate (Dijon Clone 95). Clones 76 and 95 contribute tremendous bright acidity, crisp citrus fruit and a lean stature, while Clone 4 fills out the mid-palate with complimenting notes of honey and fresh-cut pear. 100% barrel fermented for 14 days, 25% ML fermentation (in barrel). Three cultured strains used for yeasts. Aged for 9 months in 100% French oak (Francois Freres, Rousseau), 35% new, 65% one and two year old barrels. 14.2% alcohol. Production: 607 cases.Bright aromas of lemon zest and tangerine literally “leap from the glass” and accurately predict the lean, vibrant Chablis-like structure and flavors that follow. This wine is bursting with lemon, lime and tangerine fruit that is wonderfully staged against a subtle backdrop of oak and roasted almonds. The finish is dry, crisp and nuanced; but firmly focused on a deep core of bright, citrus-based fruits. Impeccable balance and mouth-watering acidity.
About the Producer
The Hambrecht family has been in the California wine business for over 35 years, partnering with esteemed brands like Ridge, Chalone, and Truett Hurst. Bill Hambrecht was among the first visionary business owners to open a winery on Healdsburg’s picturesque Westside Road in 1982. Belvedere Winery marked the beginning of what would become a family tradition and commitment to producing wines of the utmost quality. It’s this commitment to excellence that led to Alysian Wines. "Alysian" (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution.
Sourced from veteran growers and off-the-beaten-path vineyards in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Humboldt County and as far north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alysian’s multiple award-winning wines strike a delicate balance with flavor profiles that delight both connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
A note on the labels: Each label features hand illustrated flora by San Francisco based artist and Woody's good friend, Bryson Gill. These illustrations correlate to their specific wine, whether it be a flower commonly found on the Elk Prairie Vineyard, a Redwood tree in the Russian River Valley, or a Honeysuckle flower which is a note evident in the Viognier. In addition to these illustrations, each bottle is individually numbered, with the number shown on the front label. The font is taken from a Ben Franklin letter press making it an "original" American font. The labels are printed locally on a recycled paper stock. There is no capsule, to save on waste.
Woody Hambrecht's helpers, Lily and Rosemary