2021 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Our 2021 Napa Valley Chardonnay jumps out of the glass with delicate but full aromas of white stone fruit, yellow flowers, and hints of tropical fruit, accented well with toasted hazelnuts, cashew, and lemon curd. This wine is medium-bodied and focused with flavors of tangerine and pear, wet stone, lemon oil and a long, refreshing finish of mineral and bright acidity.
The 2021 vintage was of excellent quality, especially for well-selected sites. With very little rain during winter, the drought had a large effect on vineyards. Canopies and berries were small across all vineyard sites, lending to a concentration of aromas and flavors in the finished wines. The cooler spring delayed shoot growth in some vineyards and growers had to be careful not to over-correct and push vines for more growth later on. The mild summer and light crop helped speed up ripening. In addition, the hills did not cool off at night, which expedited ripening ahead of the valley floor in some cases. The harvest started early and ended early and abruptly, with over 10 inches of rain falling shortly after the last grapes were picked in mid-October.
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