2020 Chardonnay – Merrill Vineyard
Merrill Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA
Coming from our Clarksburg Merrill Vineyard, our newest vintage Chardonnay has something for everyone to enjoy. The delicate gold color of this wine really sets the tone for what is to come. Immediately, you are immersed in savory and slightly sweet aromas reminiscent of freshly baked brioche bread brushed with butter. On the Palate, the balance of this wine really shines. The acidity is fresh and vibrant on the front with flavors of honeyed melon and tropical pineapple. Towards the finish, soft, warmer tones come through due to 15 months of neutral oak aging.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
Awards & Accolades
|91 Points||2022 Wine Enthusiast|
|Gold||New York International Wine Competition|
|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 26, 2020|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||23.6°|
|AGING||12 Months Neutral Oak|
|BOTTE DATE||February 7, 2022|
|CASES PRODUCED||1060 | 6 Packs|
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.
To reflect on the 2020 growing season, we must look to the end of 2019. Our rain-season began with a good steady pace in late November and continued through early January, but Mother Nature turned off her spigot and we only had a couple good storms in March and April. As spring arrived, the vines awoke on-time, but the temperatures were erratic, resulting in shatter and poor berry set for many varietals. After a short heat spike in late May, summer temperatures were normal, and we had healthy vine canopies. In mid-August, lasting through September, high-elevation smoke from the wildfires was present off-and-on which likely moderated the forecasted high temperatures. In the end, most sensitive white varietals were harvested before the smoke arrived showing great quality aromatics and flavors, and the poor fruit set in many of our red varietals during the Spring gave us amazing concentration of flavor and aroma in the finished wines.
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.