2019 Chardonnay – North Coast
The oak provides hints of vanilla and enhances the mouth-feel and the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors inherent in this 2019 Chardonnay. The wine is refreshing with flavors of citrus, like tangerine and lemon with a lush mid-palate, blending into a long vanilla bean ﬁnish.
Stainless Steel Fermented with 3 months in neutral American oak before bottling
Natural from Portugal
Following a wet spring, bud break occurred later than normal. Bloom was delayed, with some rain and high humidity occurring during that period. Optimal temperatures for powdery mildew led to high pressure, but all growers kept on top of the situation. The weather remained fairly moderate through most of the season, canopies were healthy, and the fruit ripened at a fairly predictable rate. Harvest timing was average, and began in mid-August, despite predictions that it would begin a week to 10 days after last year’s starting date. The fruit quality for 2019 ranges from “good” to “outstanding.”