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Marimar Estate
“Dobles Lías” Chardonnay
Dobles Lías means “double lees” in Spanish and it refers to the extended lees contact used for this small bottling of the 2008 Chardonnay. Lees are essentially the yeasts that remain at the bottom of the barrel after finishing the primary fermentation. Extended lees contact, a traditional Burgundian technique used in conjunction with barrel fermentation, adds richness (texture) and complexity as the yeast cells break down (yeast autolysis), releasing amino acids. Lees stirring (bâtonage) is done periodically to contribute complexity.

Owner: Marimar Torres
Website: www.marimarestate.com
Winemaker: Marimar Torres
Type: White wine
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Location: Russian River Valley

The 13 barrels selected for this bottling were 6 from the See clone, 5 from Spring Mountain and 2 from Rued. They were coopered by Rousseau from Central France forests and by Damy from Allier: 63% new oak and 37% one-year old. The grapes are harvested from late August to mid-September, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented. Lees were stirred through the malolactic fermentation. In June, they selected 13 barrels and added lees from other barrels that had been emptied for bottling. After giving the wine the right amount of oak aging, in January it was transferred to stainless steel “casks”; it then remained on its double lees until bottled, unfiltered, in June 2010 — so total aging ‘sur lie’ was 18 months.

Tasting Notes
Color: Straw yellow
Bouquet: A complex nose reminiscent of lemon custard, tapioca pudding and baked apple, plus a note of lichee nut and aromatic spice characteristic of the clones. The lees contribute hints of hazelnut and caramel, nicely framed by the elegant oak from the sele
Flavor: The palate is rich and mouth-filling, round and creamy, with a lingering finish and great balance that augurs a long life.

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 50°F