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May 27, 2011 | Wine | the20 team

2 New Whites to Help You Welcome Summer

Although it’s unseasonably cool right now in wine country, we know blazing heat is just around the corner. Our winery partners need this heat to make their grapes sweet and plump, so we welcome the impending warmth with open arms. To help usher in summer, we’re releasing two crisp new whites: the 2010 Session 005 Buddy’s Playground Sauvignon Blanc and the 2010 Session 005 MellowDee Chardonnay. Both wines were born in the lovingly tended Rued Vineyards and both provide a mouthful of refreshment for hot summer days (or nights).

2010 Session 005 Buddy’s Playground Sauvignon Blanc
After a long, hot summer day, this crisp and tropical Sauvignon Blanc will be the perfect companion for a relaxing evening outdoors.

If you were to visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley vineyard where this wine is harvested, you will more than likely be greeted by Buddy, the winery dog.

Buddy’s family has been farming this land for six generations. His “parents” are a husband-wife team who work side by side to care for the family’s wines from harvest through bottling.

After one visit to this sun-soaked land of rolling vineyards, you will quickly see why it’s called Buddy’s Playground. And after one sip of this 2010 vintage, the crisp tropical and citrus notes will make your taste buds feel like they have found their own summer playground.

Tasting Notes
Tastes of pineapple, citrus, and roasted nuts that linger pleasantly in your mouth

Vineyard Notes
The grapes found in the Buddy’s Playground Sauvignon Blanc are from Rued Vineyard on the northern side of Dry Creek Valley and receive an abundance of beautiful California sunshine during the growing season, which helps ripen the grapes completely.

Production Notes
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged without any contact with oak. This technique helps showcase the wine’s tropical fruit and grassy qualities that are characteristic of Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

2010 Session 005 MellowDee Chardonnay
Put up your feet up and slowly sip a glass of this refreshing 2009 MellowDee Chardonnay. This wine delivers a kick of Gravenstein apples, summer cantaloupe, smooth vanilla and finishes with a sweet treat of butterscotch and peaches.

Folks like Dee Rued are the reason we love working with Sonoma County growers. Don’t let her laid-back demeanor fool you – she’s a lady who knows her stuff. Like Dee, this Chardonnay is intense with some sweetness, passionate but playful, and a whole lot of fun.

Tasting Notes
Crisp acidity, rich textures and intense flavors of Gravenstein apples and sweet summer melons.

Vineyard Notes
The Rued family began growing grapes in the Russian River Valley in the 1800’s and today they farm this small vineyard that produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the heart of this scenic valley. The consistent morning fog that blankets these grapes during the summer months helps slow the ripening on the vine which creates this wine’s perfect balance.

Production Notes
This wine was produced primarily in stainless steel, with 10% seeing French oak for 2-3 weeks before packaging. No malolactic fermentation allowed.


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