Marimar Estate Vineyards
2009 'Acero' Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Don Miguel Vineyard
Russian River Valley
Galleon de Don Miguel
The 2009 Don Miguel Vineyard ‘Acero’ Chardonnay is a sweet, elegant, soft, approachable – fun wine. It is so easy to drink that we found ourselves refilling our glasses frequently. Fruit, on the nose as on the palate, are authentic, delivering aromas and flavors that were very similar to the actual fruits that we were reminded of as we sniffed and sipped.
Today’s wine is a perfect holiday sipper that won’t overpower the palate with oak or heavy handed fruit. Instead, this wine is elegant, fun and easy to keep on sipping and sipping and sipping…
Lightest golden straw from heart to edge, this wine leave behind tall, branching legs that meander downward from high up on the glass wall.
Bright and light, with fresh with soft, sweet citrus, green apple, Asian pear and soft white flower. As the wine warms slightly (let it!), it really opens up and reveals aromas of soft pineapple, half-dried hay, honey and a hint of white spice.
Delicious and fresh with citrus, apple, pear and tropical notes. Flavors are sweet, light and authentic, reminding us of the actual fruits that we are tasting in this wine. Again, allow the wine to warm a bit and you will be rewarded with better, fuller and more realistic fruit flavors. As the wine approached something a little cooler than room-temperature, we detected hints of vanilla, honeysuckle, soft slate and a hint of creamed honey.
Long, bright and sweet, flavors are driven to the far reaches of the palate before they fade off, slowly. As the fruit fade, a soft slate minerality remains.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
This is a stellar bottling of Acero, with bright fruit in the nose reminiscent of key lime and tangerine harmonizing with mineral and floral notes. On the palate it is fresh and vibrant, with great balance, full flavors and a dry, long finish. It is easy to drink and perfect with foods like tapas and light dishes. We would recommend serving it at 46-48° F.
The Organic Don Miguel Vineyard
Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this organic vineyard is located in the Green Valley — the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Paciﬁ c. The European-style high density of over 2,000 vines per acre provides low yields and requires intensive labor; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire greater concentration and ﬁ nesse, more elegant aromas, and be er balance than with the traditional low density. Planted in the European-style high density of over 2,000 vines/acre, the yields are low and labor is intensive; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire greater concentration and finesse, more elegant aromas, and better balance.
The grapes were harvested September 14 - 24, gently whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented together in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees F. After completing the primary fermentation, the wine went through 100% malolactic in the same tank. It was bottled in June 2010.
The blend of clones in the 2009 Acero is 70% See and 30% Rued.
About the Winery
Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea’s cooling breezes and drifting fog. That is why Marimar Torres selected this privileged location to “export” the Torres family legacy of fine wines to California.
Winemaker Marimar Torres
Marimar Torres has been involved in the wine business all her life. Born in 1945 in Barcelona, Spain, she is fluent in six languages and holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Barcelona. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, and studied Enology and Viticulture at the University of California in Davis.
In 1986, Marimar began planning the Don Miguel Vineyard, a 56-acre property in a cool microclimate ideally suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today the property encompasses 81 acres, of which 30 are planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. Also planted to Pinot Noir are 20 acres of a 180-acre property in West Sonoma County, between Freestone and Occidental.
Marimar directs the activities at the winery and its two vineyards. Due to her European heritage, emphasis on the vineyard is a natural concept for Marimar. The wines, made entirely from estate-grown grapes, are truly an expression of their unique terrior. The first release, a 1989 barrel-fermented Chardonnay, debuted in April 1991 to great acclaim. In 1992, a 15,000-case winery was built and the Estate’s first Pinot Noir was produced.
Dona Margarita Vineyard
The 180 acre vineyard is located in the Sonoma Coast Appellation on the Bohemian Highway, between Freestone and Occidental - seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. The land is a long stretch of gently sloping topography, facing southwest, 625 feet at highest elevation. It has a very cool microclimate. The ocean fog provides cool nights, but days are warm as the vineyard is usually above the fog line.
The soil is a perfect combination of a thin layer of sandy loam (Goldridge series) of volcanic origin and marine sediment over fractured Sandstone subsoil. Sandstone, a formation from an ancient seabed, has the ability to hold moisture because of its porosity but still imparts superb drainage, ideal for Pinot Noir.
Don Miguel Vineyard
The 81 acre vineyard is located in the southwest corner of the Russian River Valley, in the cool Green Valley sub-appellation of Sonoma County. The soil is a sandy loam, light and well drained (Goldridge series), of volcanic origin, and marine sediment.
Organic Farming Practices
Marimar Vineyards is certified organic. We believe conversion to organic farming practices is ultimately better for the life of the vineyard. The whole idea is to create an ideal balance between the vines and nature. The vineyard will be ecologically healthier, and the grapes of higher quality. That’s our long-term reward.
In organic viticulture, we worry about the health of the soil and the environment as opposed to feeding synthetic fertilizers to the individual vines. We use cover crops to improve the health of our soils through nitrogen-fixing legumes. Cover crops are essential for organic farming because they provide a habitat for beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and spiders, which are natural predators for harmful pests.
To avoid using herbicides, we create a “carpet” of clover under the vine rows. Clover is an ideal cover crop here because it is a low-growth grass that inhibits the taller and more pernicious, unwanted weeds.
Now that our vineyards are certified organic, we are moving into biodynamics! This is really a step up from organic viticulture, where the approach is to see the vineyard as an ecological whole: not just rows of grape vines, but the soil beneath them – an organism in its own right – and the other flora and fauna in the area, growing together interdependently.