2018 Estate Chardonnay
Our 2018 vintage is a fresh and fruity Chardonnay mellowed by an integrated richness from sur-lie aging. Bright tropical aromas are joined by vanilla aromatics that follow through to the palate. With a balance between the fruit notes and fresh creamery butter, it is a pleasing style with both richness and freshness.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
Our Estate Grown Chardonnay Vineyards in the Clarksburg Appellation consistently create unique tropical fruit flavors. With the cold evenings and breezy afternoons, the conditions are ideal for perfect acid, pH balance, and strong fruit flavors.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
Cheese: Asiago / Meat: Pork, Halibut / Sauce: Cream Based / Dessert: Vanilla