2016 Damiana Vineyard Chardonnay
Damiana's site expression is a powerful one; the wine offers a combination of richness and freshness. The wine has copious stone fruits buttressed by a spine of acid and phenolic weight.
Our oldest vineyard, planted in 1978, often produces our densest and most opulent Chardonnay. It’s exposure is primarily southwestern, which can mean more, which can mean more sun during the growing season; though this site is heavily influenced by maritime breeze most afternoons. Shallow top soils
of fractured Lambert shale and mudstone limit vigor and lead to wines with great concentration and intensity. This vineyard is one of our first picks Estate Chardonnay.
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.