Munselle Vineyards

2010 Shadrach Chardonnay

Chardonnay •Coin Flip Ranch Vineyard

California: Alexander Valley

Offer Expired:Aug 09, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Mission Briefing


The Bold and the Brooding

We love this wonderful, complex Chardonnay - and at today’s fantastic BOGO (Buy One, Get One) price, we predict that our Operatives will love it even more. Especially at today’s final price.

We love the richness and complexity of today’s 2010 Munselle Coin Flip Ranch Shadrach Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, but we also love its versatility. We can imagine sipping this wine on a warm summer night as easily as we can imagine enjoying it as a delightful accompaniment to an elegant dinner.

The Munselle family possesses remarkable heritage and great winemaking skill. Their pristine, historic Coin Flip Vineyard in the Alexander valley is planted to noble Robert Young rootstock. This combination produces very distinctive - and very intriguing - Chardonnay.

Very full on the nose and on the palate, this wine is lush and rich. On the finish, there is a voluptuous and sensuous feel that encourages you to take your time with the wine.

There is a limited quantity of this single vineyard Chardonnay, so this exciting offer likely won’t last the day. Please be sure to make your purchase soon.

Tasting Profile


Light golden yellow, from the perfectly clear core right out to the fine glistening edge.


Full and rich on the nose, with vanilla wafer, lemon, brioche, sage flower and lime flower. After the wine warms up, it unpacks subtle star anise and toasty oak.


Rich and weighty, with big flavors of lemon, lime leaf, pineapple, brioche, lime flower and subtle hints of walnut and flint.


Bold at first, with flavors that tail off to a bright and complex conclusion.


This big Chardonnay would be amazing with a baked triple cream brie with a fig jam, served on a fresh baguette. Poached salmon with capers and fresh dill would also be a real treat.

What the Winery Says

The grapes selected for our 2010 Shadrach Chardonnay were farmed with the practices required to produce the highest quality Alexander Valley Chardonnay. The season began with shoot thinning, the removal of all double buds and/or secondary shoots. Once cane lengths reached approximately 24 to 36 inches, we lifted the canopy on the northeast side of the vine to increase morning sun exposure and air movement.

Two weeks prior to verasion, we executed the first of three fruit drops. The first was done to reduce the fruit load down to two clusters per shoot. Our second drop took place at approximately 80% verasion. We evaluated all clusters and stripped any that were still green or not yet developing sugar. The final fruit drop was done three days prior to harvest to ensure evenly ripe fruit. On September 29, 2010 we harvested over three tons to produce our 2010 Shadrach Chardonnay.

This wine displays soft, golden tones with flavors of citrus, pear and guava, and a smooth finish. The 2010 Shadrach Chardonnay is a delightful complement to poultry, pork and seafood dishes, as well as Gruyere, Cambozola, Provolone, and other goat’s milk and cow’s milk cheeses. Enjoy!

The Coin Flip Ranch was purchased by our Grandparents, Fred & Ruby Wasson, in 1976. Fred & Ruby approached long-time neighbors, the Murphy’s, and proposed a joint purchase of the 100 acre property to split in half. When the sale was complete, Fred and Tim Murphy flipped a coin to determine who would get which half, thus the name Coin Flip Ranch.

In 2010, we again selected premium grapes from the Shadrach block to create our Chardonnay. Year after year this 14-acre block continues to reap the most consistent, balanced Chardonnay we produce.

Winemakers and vintners have described the Chardonnay from the Shadrach block as intensely flavorful, balanced, and fruit-forward.

Alexander Valley
Vineyard Sources
100% Wasson Vineyards, Coin Flip Ranch – Shadrach Block
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date
September 29, 2010
100% French Oak; 30% New
18 months, aged Sur Lie
100% Complete
Bottling date
April 22, 2012
215 cases
Year Planted
17, Robert Young
Vines / Acre
Soil Type
Cortina, very gravelly sandy loam
Average Production 5-6 tons / acre

About the Winery

More than 130 years ago, our family arrived in the Alexander Valley with a vision of producing fine wines from the rich soils the Valley has become known for. Shadrach Osborn was the proprietor of Alexander Valley’s first winery, Lone Pine Cellars, and Broder Frellson, the manager and winemaker for the second, simply called Red Winery.

As generations passed, our family stepped away from winemaking to focus their efforts toward cultivation of the land. Their industry varied from farming grapes to dairy cattle, prunes, orchards and, finally, back to grapes in 1972.

Now, five generations later, we’ve come full circle with a return to winemaking. For more than three decades we’ve produced premium grapes that have contributed to a multitude of award-winning and notable wines. With every grape and bottle we produce, we honor the vision of our ancestors, the heritage and hard work of our family.

Winemaker Tim Hardin

Tim’s vision and creativity are inspired by the vineyards, where he spends a large portion of his time during the growing season. Tim works closely with the vineyard crew to ensure only the highest quality grapes are collected and used. Tim’s work, however, does not end in the vineyard. His close attention to the handling of the grapes throughout the production process ensures consistently exceptional wines with a style reminiscent of modern European wines.

Tim leads the handcrafting of our wines, mixing old-world tradition and modern technology to allow for gentler handling of both fruit and wine. Tim’s winemaking philosophy is about pure varietal expression which produces award-winning, balanced wines rich in fruit and deep in character.

Vineyard Notes

Since 1876, our family has farmed in Alexander Valley. We have grown grapes and prunes, raised cattle, and fed our families on the rich soils of this valley. We are proud to call Alexander Valley home for six generations of our family, and look forward to more generations to follow. We know all this is possible only by acting as true stewards of the land we cherish.

Munselle Vineyards is proud to be a Certified California Sustainable Winegrower.

Offer Expired:Aug 09, 2013 at 11:59 pm
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