* KAFFIR LIME * APPLE BLOSSOM * KUMQUAT *
We first made this chardonnay in 2007 from our breezy vineyard, planted with the Robert Young clone, three miles down the road from the Scribe Estate. The dense, black, California clay and slightly cooler Carneros climate tend to delay ripening until late in the harvest season.
2018 meteorological data: After several years of drought and the North Bay fires at the end of the 2017 harvest, the 2018 vintage was a welcome return to "normal." The winter was cool and with steady rainfall that delayed bud break by about 3-4 weeks compared to the previous years of drought & irregularly warm winters. The flowering period had a minimal amount of rain and wind which provided for a nearly ideal fruit set. The rest of the growing season we experienced cool and foggy mornings that allowed for the grapes to ripen slowly. We had our longest harvest to-date starting on August 22nd and ending on October 30th.
soil type: Black Wright loam, California clay
19.9 °Bx | pH 3.47 | TA 8.7 g/L | 12.5% alc.