Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: August 23rd-September 3rd
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.0° Brix, 3.20 pH, 8.1 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Oak 70% new, 30% 1-2 years; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; aged 10 months on the sur-lie
Bottling: August 2014
Release Date: Fall 2016
Harvest began early in 2013 during the last days of August. It somewhat took us by surprise as we were in the midst of bottling and had to shift to harvesting which is an arduous task. The nature of farming is humbling since the weather drives the process. Little did we know at the time that 2013 was the start of August harvests that have continued every year since.
This Estate Chardonnay is a forceful wine. The drought was influential in giving power and concentration from beginning to end. Trademark aromas of honeysuckle, lime zest, hazelnut and earth come through with abundance. On the palate the flavors are still coming together with mouth-coating acidity and generous impressions of lemon, gardenia flowers and glycerin—a sign for long life and evolution.
This wine is remarkably similar to one of our earlier vintages, 1984, which aged beautifully for twenty- five years. A great success.