Yield: 2 tons per acre
Harvest: September 24th-October 5th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.51 pH, 8.1 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: Mix of French & American Oak-new to 5 years; 100% Barrel Fermented; 50% Malolactic; 100% sur-lie
Bottling: June 2014
Release Date: Fall 2015
This is our 29th consecutive vintage from this venerable vineyard which is not only the longest continuous bottling from Edna Valley, it is from its oldest producing vineyard. Given 2013 was a drought year, the normally stressed Wolff vines were pushed to the extreme. Rainfall was off by 70% resulting in tiny berries and small clusters. Harvest started in late September and finished in the first week of October. The Edna Valley Appellation is one of the last major Chardonnay harvests in California and reflects the cool maritime climate which is its influence
As is true of all the wines of 2013, the signature is power. Showing buoyant aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom, lime zest and earth, this Chardonnay has complexity which is due, in part, to the barrel fermentation and lees aging process. On the palate deep intense flavors of guava, mint, passion fruit and earth are delicious and long.
This wine is always one of the best values in California Chardonnay.