Munselle Vineyards

2009 Alexander Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay •Shadrach Vineyard

California: Alexander Valley

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Mission Briefing


The Refreshest

For many across the country who spent this winter huddled up against the infamous Polar Vortex, the promise of warmer weather is finally around the corner. Agent Red searched far and wide for a delightful white wine for the coming warmth, and today’s 2009 Alexander Valley Chardonnay from Munselle Vineyards fit the bill perfectly.

Today’s wine is incredibly elegant, with a lovely harmony of fresh fruit and terroir that lends itself to a vast array of light summertime meals. We paired ours with a fresh crab salad and couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

Give today’s wine a thorough cool down and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic warm weather treat!

Tasting Profile


Pale gold throughout the glass, with just a touch of viscosity at the very edge.


Fresh fruit aromas of white peach, honeydew, and just ripened banana are rounded out by touches of honeycomb, slightly toasted oak, and subtle brioche.


Very well balanced on the palate, with fruit and terroir in perfect harmony. Fresh fruit of Anjou pear, white peach, and green apple are elegantly laid overtop hints of buttery brioche, vanilla bean, and toasted oak.


Smooth and luxurious, with a soft entry transforming into layers of subtle complexity as the finish lingers.


A fresh crab salad served atop arugula.

What the Winery Says

The lush, golden grapes selected for our 2009 Shadrach Chardonnay were farmed using best practices for premium wines.

With this vintage, you may notice bold flavors upfront, a notable sense of body in the mid-palate and a smooth finish – all resulting in a wine that fully expresses the flavors characteristic of the Alexander Valley. Soft, golden tones and notes of almond and pear add to its complexity.

Bret Munselle
Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Shadrach Vineyard
Fruit Variety
100% Chardonnay
Aged in 100% French oak

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.

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