Vineyard and Region Information: We source our Coastview Chardonnay from two sets of terraces which face North and North East. We feel this aspect is optimal in this high elevation vineyard where the sun can shine intensely and we like to see the fruit ripen gradually. We have also noticed that as a result of underlying differences in the soils, these blocks each produce unique signatures of Chardonnay with the North-facing terraces having more weight and depth, while the East-facing terraces bring intense varietal character and floral notes.
Vintage Notes: The 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter with several rainstorms spread out between November 2018 through end of May 2019, totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave with temps >100F caused the vines and cover crops to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and the crop was above average. July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. In general, most picks began a bit later than normal (mid to late September). The exception was Corralitos. The marine layer was weak for most of the 2019 growing season and there was very little fog on the coast, so Corralitos experienced a warm vintage. We picked Pinot Noir in Corralitos before the Estate, and the Chardonnay from Howard before Coastview, both a reversal of normal. All together, a very good growing season.
Wine Notes: Haunting aromatics of honeysuckle and an alluring varietal high tone that emerge from a reductive (opposite of oxidative) background. On the palate this wine is a symphony of texture, juiciness, layers of pineapple guava, lemon meringue, and a hint of pineapple. At this time, the tannins have some texture that give the wine weight and wrap around your tongue. Give this wine some years in the cellar, and those tannins will soften and give the wine a hedonistic unctuous texture. That said it is utterly delicious now and ready to enjoy.
*(We endeavored to maintain a reductive environment during the stainless tank aging. This means a full tank and no headspace. Reduction is the opposite of oxidation. A wine that leans reductive is likely to improve more with time in the cellar. )