McIlroy Family established Aquarius Ranch in 1972. The vineyards
are on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County.
The well-drained soil and cool microclimate allow for an extended
growing season. The extended time on the vine creates exceptional
flavors and acid levels ideal for Chardonnay grapes.
2001 growing season started early. The yield was low and the summer
was long and the fall cool. The ripening was prolonged allowing
for excellent grape flavor development.
2000 Chardonnay grapes were harvested early in the morning at the
peak of freshness at a 24.1% sugar. The grapes were whole cluster
pressed and the juice was immediately transferred to sixty gallon
French Oak Barrels. The juice was then fermented for 18-21 days.
The young wine was left sur-lees for nine and half months and the
lees were stirred every three weeks.
wine is light golden in color. The bouquet has aromas of pear and
toasty spice with nuances of melon. It has a medium-full body with
flavors of apple, butterscotch, and grapefruit. Well balanced with
a lingering aftertaste of pear. Drink alone or enjoy it as the perfect
touch to a fine meal.
||October 3, 2001
||13.8% by volume
||0.69 gram per 100 ml
||8.5 months (60 gal. French oak)
||100% Russian River Valley
||100% Aquarius Ranch
||746 cases (721x750ml, 26x375ml)