Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse

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Au Contraire
Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse
Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse
Grape Varieties100% Chardonnay
AppellationRussian River Valley
Technical sheet
92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
DescriptionAu Contraire wines are crafted for those who aim to live life to the fullest, who revel in turning the every day ordinary into something extraordinary. Our wines celebrate the spirit of taking on any challenge in life, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. This irresistible joie de vivre is artfully embodied on each Au Contraire label with a playful illustration that turns expectations on their heads. This debut Sonoma County winery from Taub Family Vineyards was inspired by beloved company founder David S. Taub, who touched everyone he met with his charisma, compassion and tenacity. He would often use the phrase "Au Contraire!" to motivate colleagues, friends and family to seek out creative solutions and accomplish unexpected results. These expressive wines from top vineyards in Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast - including Dutton Ranch and Lawler Vineyard are dedicated to David's infectious approach to life. Outstanding quality is guaranteed by legendary California enologist Tom Hinde and his experienced team of viticulturists and winemakers. The Mighty Mouse Reserve Chardonnay is grown in the Taub Familys estate vineyard in Russian River Valley. The 7.5 acres are located on the Russian River near the confluence of the Mark West Creek where the soils are alluvium with well-drained gravel bars. The vines are 24 year old, bi-lateral cordon trained on VSP trellising. Two clones of Chardonnay are planted -- Old Wente (for aromatics) and Dijon Clone 76 (for texture). This area has an ideal climate, with fog providing cool nights which results in an extended growing season and grapes that maintain their natural acidity.
VinificationThe Russian River Valley's ideal climate provides cool nights which results in an extended growing season and grapes that maintain their natural acidity. The variety of growing sites for adds layers of ripeness, aromatics, fruit flavors and complexity. This Reserve Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and aged entirely French oak for 16 months, 50% new.
ColorMedium Gold
NosePronounced pear and golden yellow apple lined with a floral note of jasmine, apricot, and vanilla bean. The tree fruit notes are complemented with some tropical and citrus notes along with a hint of brioche.
PalateA round, elegant mouth feel with perfect balance has a hint of minerality and a lingering finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.2 %
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsPairs well with roasted chicken, full flavored fish, lobster, pork, as well as mild cheeses.