Classic chardonnay from the Middle Reach, the Allen Vineyard delivers spiced pear and apple notes. Intertwined with the fruit notes are hints of allspice and nutmeg. A subtle […]Read More
|30% New, 20% 1 yr., 30% 2 yr., 20% 3 yr + older
Classic chardonnay from the Middle Reach, the Allen Vineyard delivers spiced pear and apple notes. Intertwined with the fruit notes are hints of allspice and nutmeg. A subtle aromatic of green tea and matcha adds a delightful freshness and compelling tannin structure and unexpected verve in the mouth. The wine finishes with excellent weight and a saline-like, crushed mineral sensation that leaves your palate wanting more.
The 2021 growing season experienced only about 14 inches of rain, challenging the plants from the outset of the year. Late winter and early spring were cold and dry, bringing some uneven growth and stress to the plants. The canopies were a little smaller than average going into the flowering, however the weather was ideal and mild. Flowering determines quality and quantity, so it is the most important time. The 2021 season yielded an average to slightly below average crop size with outstanding quality. Largely, the growing season saw mild temperatures but with several scattered heat events. 2021 thankfully saw the return of the fog, which saved the vintage by keeping the nighttime temperatures cool, refreshing the plants, and keeping them hydrated under severe conditions. Due to the changing climate, fog intrusion has been minimal the last few vintages. The 2021 season finished up around the historical average for temperatures. Despite the inauspicious start to the year, the wines showcase terrific verve, character, and site specificity.