With mild temperatures leading to a long growing season and a surprise-free
harvest, the 2018 vintage can only be described as idyllic. Alternating spells
of cool and warm weather during bloom led to varying berry sizes, perfect for
developing complexity in Pinot Noir. Morning fog, afernoon sunshine and a
lack of heat spikes throughout the summer allowed for a long ripening period
that developed fruit with excellent natural acidity and beautiful favors.
Prior to loading the press, the grapes went through rigorous hand sorting
to ensure only the finest grape clusters were accepted. Fruit was gently
pressed in a bladder press. The juice settled in tank for roughly 24 hours
before being transferred into 100% French oak barrels (29% new) for
fermentation and aging on original lees. After 13 months in barrel the
wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks for 3 months prior to bottling.
Sourced entirely from our organically farmed Camp Meeting Ridge
Vineyard. Planted in 1991, these “older” vines are producing our most
exciting and interesting Chardonnays to date. Given the extremes of this
site, each small block ripens at its own pace. Picked by hand in the foggy
frigidness of the early morning, fruit integrity and temperature were
ensured for a whole cluster pressing by sunrise. Hyde-Old Wente and
Dijon 95 clones were selected for the 2018 blend.