2015 Estate Chardonnay
Hallmarks of Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay from the northern end of the appellation, where our vineyards lie, are focused citrus fruit, white Flowers and great concentration. The ‘15 vintage is massively concentrated from the painfully low yields. Intense acidity, great weight and texture make this one of the most compelling wines of the vintage.
Our 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains, Estate, Chardonnay is entirely from our winery estate vineyards and nearly 100% from the Langley Hill Vineyard.
The 2015 vintage was the lowest yielding vintage in our thirty-five-year history. The ongoing drought was only tangentially responsible for the loss of crop; as the warm, dry winter encouraged a record early February bud-break. March and early April were warm and dry, and things seemed to be headed in a positive direction. In mid-April a persistent trough parked off the coast of Northern California gave us five weeks of cold, wet and windy weather that killed off the blooming flowers in the vineyard and left with yields under .25 tons/acre in many vineyards. The good news it that quality is very, very high. The wines are immensely concentrated with tremendous intensity and life.