Inspiration Estate 2008 Chardonnay

by Wootbot

The Truth!

Friends and Coworkers, it is with great sadness that I must hereby turn in my resignation.

When I first started at Winsted Communications, I thought I had found my place. Here, it seemed that creativity and innovation were valued. Here, it seemed I was not only allowed to be myself; I was lauded for being myself.

As it turns out, I was wrong.

For three straight months, I have submitted help ticket after help ticket requesting the addition of a second water cooler, only this one would hold Inspiration Estate 2008 Chardonnay instead of water. With the grace and eloquence that only a marketing copywriter can summon, I argued the wine’s merits; its balance of acid and fruit, its vanilla on the nose, its minerality and abundance of pears and apples on the finish would serve as a reminder to us all that perfection is possible! It would help us get through those long days and (even more so) those late nights!

But alas, the help tickets were never processed, which sent the message loud and clear: Winsted Communications does NOT, as I once believed, value inspiration! So, for this reason, I must tender my resignation. From here on out, I will be working freelance, from home, where I can imbibe all of the Inspiration I need.

It has been a pleasure working with you all.


Inspiration Vineyards Estate 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

  • Vineyard: Inspiration Vineyards, Estate
  • Appellation: Russian River Valley
  • Varietal Blend: Dijon Clone 4 on 5c rootstock
  • Harvest Date: September 19th 2008
  • Brix at Harvest: 24.0°
  • Total Acid: .78 g/L
  • pH: 3.51
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Bottled Date: August 11th 2009
  • Release Date: March 1st 2010
  • Cases Produced: 411
Welcome to another Burgundian vintage of this wine.  From Inspiration's own vineyards in the Russian River Valley, this wine was made to compliment food with very little oak influence allowing for a rich and intense fruit forward wine. This Chardonnay is distinctive, reflecting the Russian River Appellation where it’s grown. Warm days and cool nights help develop good acid; their slow barrel fermentation in neutral French oak along with weekly lees stirring creates a wonderful mouth feel while also preserving the fruity characteristics of this wine. Allowed to naturally go through maloactic fermentation, you will find a perfect balance of acid and fruit with vanilla on the nose followed by some minerality and an abundance of pears and apples on the finish; like Inspriation Vineyard's red wines, this wine is unfiltered.

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  • You must be 21 or older to order
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