1772 Chardonnay 2019
Another cool year, 2019, was one of the longest growing seasons ever in the Edna Valley. However, the steady, mild weather was perfect for achieving ideal ripeness in the vineyard, and with each variety, there were no rushed picking decisions. Normally some of the first grapes to be picked, the grapes for our Pure Chardonnay, were picked the last week of September which highlights their fresh fruit flavors and brisk acidity.
Pure Chardonnay spends its entire fermentation and five months of aging in stainless steel. This highlights the freshness and fruitiness of the wine and, ultimately, its “purity.” Additional richness and complexity in this wine is gained from stirring the lees on a regular basis.
Nose: Fresh pear, lime, and nectarine aromas with hints of shaved cashew, honey, white mushroom, lemongrass, and chervil.
Palate: Medium-bodied with bright acidity accompanied by flavors of lemon curd, watercress, green apple and nectarine with an underlying minerality.
90 PTS – Jeb Dunnuck – September 2021
94 PTS – Wine Enthusiast – October 2021