A gift of quality in quantity. After 2013, a dry, warm beginning to 2014 was welcomed. Bud break took place a few weeks earlier than average, and beautiful weather continued throughout flowering, setting healthy and bountiful clusters of big berries. Dry, hot weather throughout the growing season allowed for a higher than average crop to finish ripening without any issue during a typically cool September with a couple light rain events that had no ill effect on the health of the fruit. In general, physiological and sugar ripeness was high with moderate acidity.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/27/14.
Two in a row. An encore to 2014, spring weather created perfect conditions for another early bud break in 2015, which was followed by even, clement weather through flowering. Heat spiked beginning in June, and 2015 began notching higher than average day and nighttime high temperatures, pushing ripeness for a larger than average crop, with large berries and clusters. Scattered showers and a cooler late August transitioned into a wonderful early September, with cool, dry conditions allowing harvest at ease with high physiological and sugar ripeness with moderate acidity.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/15/15.
An early classic. In a word, phenomenal. A typical spring in 2016 became warmer earlier than both 2015 and 2014, a trend that continued into June, allowing bud break and flowering to get off to a strong start. Weather in July and August become more moderate, cooling off slightly, and a couple light rain events were no concern. An average sized crop set saw perfect growing conditions in September, and many sites were harvested earlier than ever with wonderful physiological and sugar ripeness and high but balanced acidity. An amazing vintage for Chardonnay.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/10/16.
Chardonnay from Loubejac was hand-picked 9/16/16.
Chardonnay from The Eyrie Vineyards was hand-picked 9/20/16.
After a cool start and slightly later bud break and flowering, a warm, dry summer encouraged even ripening to a slightly heavy crop load. Starting in early to mid September, the weather cooled, and as sugar accumulation stuttered, light rains here and there diluted flavors and acidity. After a few warm, dry days, flavors bounced back and picking windows quickly came into focus as disease and rot pressure increased. Fruit was harvested in great conditions and for the most was fairly clean. Acidity was interesting balance, seems as though more malic acid was retained than expected whereas total acidity was not as high as expected. In many ways, a classic Willamette Valley vintage.
Chardonnay from Durant Vineyard was hand-picked 9/15/17.
Chardonnay from Seven Springs South Block was hand-picked 9/28/17.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/29/17 and 10/5/17.
Chardonnay from Loubejac was hand-picked 9/29/16.
Chardonnay from The Eyrie Vineyards was hand-picked 10/2/17.
Chardonnay from AlexEli was hand-picked 10/3/17.