2014 Chardonnay

Tasting Notes:

The 2014 Chardonnay is a very pretty straw color in your glass!  The bright, inviting nose offers up crisp pears, Pippin apples, and a little citrus.  This leads into a palate with apple and pear, complimented by butterscotch nuances and followed by a lovely, smooth finish.  
 
Vintage: 
A half inch of rain in December started the rainy season. By the end of February, we only had four more inches, less than 2 inches in March and April and we were done for the season with 8.34 inches: 4 inches less that 2013 drought, and 20 inches under our historic average.  The dry spring, 3-5 degrees above normal, brought budbreak forward a month to mid-February, and we again spaded all the grasses into the soil to eliminate moisture competition for the vines. No The absence of summer heat spikes in the summer was a benefit. Harvest began on 20 August and was over by 1 October.

Fermentation and Aging: 

This Chardonnay started its trip from grape to glass with our traditional delicate touch—hand harvesting in small lots in the cool early morning—on September 3rd and 4th. Upon harvesting we immediately pressed the fruit and transferred the juice to an air free stainless tank.  The tank was chilled and the juice settled overnight before taking both days’ harvests to barrels for fermentation.  As the temperature of the juice began to rise so did our native yeasts, kicking-off the fermentation.  A two months-long fermentation ensued before adding the first dose of sulfides for 10 months of barrel aging with 33.3% new oak. 400 cases were bottled in July 2015. 14.1% alcohol.

 

Vintage

A half inch of rain in December started the rainy season. By the end of February, we only had four more inches, less than 2 inches in March and April and we were done for the season with 8.34 inches: 4 inches less that 2013 drought, and 20 inches under our historic average. The dry spring,s 3-5 degrees above normal, brought budbreak forward a month to mid-February, and we again spaded all the grasses into the soil to eliminate moisture competition for the vines. No heat spikes in the summer was a benefit. Harvest was early, beginning on 20 August and over by 1 October.