Our Heritage Chardonnay presents inviting aromas of ripe pear, lemon, and green apple. Pleasant and bright in the mouth, it features a classic expression of light toast and lemon oil. Contrasting flavors of white pepper and nuances of nutmeg add interest and carry the wine through to a flavorful finish.
An easy, mild growing season combined with low yields and a prolonged harvest resulted in wines with wonderful balance, color, and vibrant fruit. A normal but quick mid-April bud break was followed by warm spring weather. Freeze events in late 2019 lowered bud fertility, combined with rain and wind during June
bloom, which resulted in unusually low yields. Heat accumulation tracked the long-term average with veraison on-time in early August
The Chardonnay was harvested in the cool early morning hours and delivered to the winery for immediate pressing, allowing the introduction of some oxygen for enhanced aromatics.
MAY 20 – 21, 2021
Before bottling, the wine was lightly fined and gently filtered.
The must was allowed to settle overnight before racking to 100% French oak, mostly neutral. Malolactic fermentation and bi-weekly lees stirring added mouthfeel and flavor development.