2020 Langley Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
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Langley Hill Vineyard is our largest estate Chardonnay. Planted in 1979-1980, this 5.25-acre vineyard occupies a steep hillside with numerous exposures and soil depths. This complex arrangement leads to slower and varied ripening, requiring multiple picks spread over weeks rather than days. Fractured sandstone over Lambert Shale yields Chardonnay that is steely and structured with persistent citrus and mineral flavors.
A mostly mild but dry season was permeated by dry lightning and wind. On August 16th, the CZU fire burned within 10 miles of the winery. Smoke originally blew towards the coast but changed direction after the first week of the fire, enveloping the vineyards and affecting the character of the fruit. We made the gut-wrenching decision that no red wine was to be bottled from the vintage. The compounds contained within the skins were displaying very characteristic smoky flavors and texture. We concluded that if we were careful in pressing (using lower pressure in the press and pressing the grapes immediately) we could make white wines that escaped the smokey characteristics found in the reds. While our losses in the vineyard pale in comparison to the loss of home and life from the fire, it was a heartbreaking year, nonetheless.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Langley Hill Vineyard
Every one of this producer's wines will stand the test of the time in the cellar, and each are ready to rock right away as well. In this bottling from vines planted in 1980 and nearly 2,000 feet, tightly wound aromas of melon rind, Asian pear and jicama lead into a restrained palate of white-fleshed fruit that will only grow more intriguing with time. Drink now-2040. — 93 points. Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast