Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2019
Release Date: Fall 2022
The grape flower is very vulnerable during its blooming period; any wind or rain can decimate your crop. Unfortunately, spring rains in 2019 severely reduced the yield by 60%. Even with such a blow, we counted ourselves lucky as the rest of the growing season was trouble-free and we harvested in early September.
Very floral in the nose with scents of honeysuckle and gardenia flowers, this wine is balanced and finesseful on the palate with our usual firm acidity. The finish is long, subtle, and mineral-laced.
Give this vintage a couple of years to improve and drink it over the following 7-10 years.
Yield: 1 ton per acre
Harvest: September 2nd- 3rd
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.30 pH, 8.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Oak 2/3rd new, 1/3 - 1 year; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; aged 10 months on the sur-lie
Bottling: August 2020
94 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine - November 2022
Crisp aromas of lemon glaze and lemongrass pick up earthy tones on the nose of this bottling. Penetrating, citrus-driven acidity plays against a chalky texture on the sip, where honeydew and minty lemon flavors align. —M.K.