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Taft Street Winery's 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a unique Chardonnay bottling in that half of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and the other half did not. What this means is the finished wine blends a creamy, full-bodied, richly flavored half with a crisp, clean, fruity batch bursting with tropical fruit flavors. The result is a complex wine with a seamless combination of all the characteristics we love about Chardonnay. It is impeccably balanced and vibrant with a luscious mouthfeel and a persistent finish. With barrel fermentation, this wine also shows a nice oaky presence that further balances the flavor profile. Taft Street's 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a culmination of grapes from Kunde Estate, Feeney, Airport, and Mirabel - a selection of the finest vineyard locations in the region. The Russian River Valley Chardonnay is no stranger to top industry reviews and distinguished awards, and this 2008 vintage holds up to the wine's stellar reputation with a Best of Class and Gold Medal from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, in addition to a Best of Class distinction at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. [+]