Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse

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Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse
Reserve Chardonnay Mighty Mouse
A blend of two vineyard sites within the Russian River Valley. The highly selected, premium growing sites produce complex fruit with firm acidity and a rich body. The wine is 100% barrel fermented for a rich, elegant style wine.
Grape Varieties100% Chardonnay
AppellationRussian River Valley
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  • 88 Points
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BackgroundAu 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 Sonoma County winery from Taub Family Vineyards was inspired by beloved Palm Bay International 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 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 two vineyards in the heart of the 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. This Reserve Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and aged entirely French oak (Allier & Troncais) for 16 months, 50% new.
NoseRipe pear and golden apple lined with vanilla bean. The fruit notes are complemented with lemon and mineral limestone.
PalateA round, plush mouth feel combines a perfect balance of new oak with fresh pears and bright minerality, producing a lingering finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.2 %
Serving SuggestionsPairs well with roasted chicken, full flavored fish, lobster, pork, as well as mild cheeses.