Drew Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
On the nose: Green pears, vanilla ice cream with caramel syrup, rose buds, Meyer lemon pies, cherry blossoms, orange peels, chocolates, rhubarb
On the palate: Bright, fresh entrance, evolving on round, coated palate, fresh salty lime, chocolate peanut bar, tea leaf, lavender, strawberry, rosemary, starfruit, coconut shavings, graphite, potpourri, slight hint of chicken broth, potato chip
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 16 months in French oak, 30% new, 70% 1-year-old barrels
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. With no major heat spikes to contend with, there was no need to rush through harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.