Drew Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
On the nose: Key lime peels, white peaches, Bosc pears, jasmine, heavy cream, toasted almonds, buttered toast
On the palate: Bright core of citrus fruit, lychee, banana bread, damp grass, delicate oak with mineral finish
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 40% new, 40% 1-year-old, 20% 2-year-old barrel, sur lies fines
2019 provided us with an unprecedented growing season. Moderate to cooler temperatures in early spring resulted in a delayed start followed by showers during bloom in May. However, continual moderate temperatures from June through August allowed vines to balance their growth. By early August, as cluster size was fully developed and overall growth more harmonious, it was clear that 2019 would be a memorable vintage. To retain freshness, concentration and protect the supple flavors in our Chardonnay grapes, we harvested some vineyards slightly earlier than usual, resulting in incredibly balanced wines.