Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 4th – 17th
Numbers @ Harvest: 22.5° Brix, 3.40 pH, 8.0 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: Mix of French & American Oak–2 to 5 years 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; 100% sur-lie
Bottling: June 2016
Release Date: Fall 2017
This is our 31st year making Chardonnay from Edna Valley. The cool summers and slow-ripening here allow the fruit to develop nuance and complexity suiting our style perfectly. 2015 was another drought-influenced year with the crop being minuscule and the flavors magnified. The grapes were harvested in the first half of September, a full month early.
Barrel-fermented and aged on the lees for ten months, we devote the same attention and care to these barrels as we do to our Estate wines. The nose is full of earthy complexity which compliments the overall notes of white flowers and guava. It is rich and subtle on the palate with flavors of lemon and toasty oak.