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Valravn Chardonnay Sonoma County 2019
Valravn is the creation of the young winemakers and entrepreneurs behind Sonoma’s wildly-successful Banshee label. The Valravn wines take advantage of access to select plots of older vines and employ judicious use of oak to produce lively, balanced wines. This classic New World chardonnay comes from hand harvested grapes from two Sonoma Coast AVA vineyards, one in the cold coastal area of the Sonoma Coast and the other at the eastern end of the Petaluma Wind Gap. The wine was fermented in barrel and saw spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Aging took place in French oak barrels (25% new), with occasional lees stirring. While unmistakably rich in character, this chardonnay deftly balances deep barrel-fermented fruit with a lively, palate cleansing freshness. Luscious flavors of golden orchard fruit, ripe pineapple, and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice meet high-toned acidity, with a delightfully briny, savory finish, accented with warm hints of toasted hazelnut and marzipan.