Yield: 2.2 tons per acre
Harvest: September 22th-October 7th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.6° Brix, 3.40 pH, 8.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-1/2 new; aged 11 months in barrel, sur-lie
Bottling: July 2011
Release Date: Spring 2013
Making the style of Chardonnay we aspire to is becoming more of a challenge with the global warming trend. Our model is a wine of subtlety and grace which provides pleasure for twenty years.
2010 gave us a year where the Chardonnay (Pinot too!) grew slowly and evenly with lots of sun but no hot days. Harvesting in October, a full three weeks later than usual, I knew this was going to be a special year, given the cool summer.
After twenty months of aging in the bottle, the 2010 shows great structure and lees-soil nuance. Refined aromas of lanolin, lemon zest, anise and sage invite you in. Flavors of hazelnut, anise and lemon are embellished with a fundamental acidity. The finish is energetic and long.
The final blend was 55% from Mount Eden Estate and 45% from Domaine Eden. Aging potential is between five to fifteen years in a cool cellar.