2019 Chardonnay – Merrill Vineyard
Merrill Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA
Our 2019 vintage of Merrill Vineyard Chardonnay is a real expression of the unique terrior, showing the beauty of the vineyard. It carries the signature Clarksburg qualities of ripe tropical fruit with lavender-honey aromas. Mouthwatering flavors of ripe pineapple come together with satisfying fresh baguette notes. Twelve months of sur-lie aging on the secondary lees in neutral barrels adds an enticing savory aspect to the wine. On the palate, the viscosity of the wine is balanced by the right amount of acid, leaving a wonderful length in the finish.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Silty and Mucky Clay Loam. Derivation mixed rock and decomposed plants.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|TRELLISING||T-Trellis with 16” foliage crossarm|
|HARVEST DATE||August 30 & 31, 2019|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||23.6°|
|AGING||12 Months Neutral Oak|
|BOTTE DATE||January 19, 2021|
Bordering the Snodgrass Slough in the California Delta, our Merrill Vineyard is located in the Clarksburg Appellation. The 81.09 acres sits on Mucky Clay and Clay soil that retains water so we keep a close eye on irrigation to ensure a healthy, balanced vine.
The 2019 growing season brought above-average winter rainfall that transitioned into a mildly-cold and wet early spring. The first sign of bud-break was slightly later than prior years, however, with a very warm April our vines responded with rapid growth. May arrived with a strong winter-like storm dropping between two and three inches of rain causing fast growing canopies that required leaf pulling and trimming to open the vine for even ripening. Verasion progressed steadily to harvest which began at the end of July and continued through October, where on average there was moderate daytime warmth and cool evenings that helped retain the winegrapes’ freshness.
CLARKSBURG AVA – Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.