1982 Napa Valley Chardonnay

The 1982 seasons was characterized by an extremely wet winter and spring and the largest crop ever in California. As a result, the Chardonnay grapes required constant attention to preclude the possibility of Botrytis, mildew, and over-cropping. Adversity, by means of hard work, gave way to a good vintage however, and the long cool season made for some terrific fruit.

As is usually the case with exceptional fruit, the resulting wines can be made into something special and this 1982 "Napa Chardonnay," we think, has that potential.

vintage weather

Cool. Wet winter, cool spring. Record crop, thinned 5 times to lower the yield. Mid-September rains caused some problems, but we finished picking before major storms in October. Big wines, clean, fat and juicy berries.

tasting notes

The brilliant yellow-gold color shows its depth by tinting even the "tears" on the sides of the glass, which indicates the richness of the fruit and the complexity which is just now starting to blossom in this wine. As opposed to the exuberance of most California Chardonnays, including our own "Alexander Valley" releases, we strive to make our "Napa" version into a wine of delicacy, harmony, and subtlety.

The bouquet is that of a lemony, spicy Chardonnay with the oak poised in the background awaiting further age to come forward. The flavors are predominately green apple and spice set in a stylish balance that, while being rich and generous, nevertheless gives a crisp sensation and texture. We recommend another 2 to 5 years of bottle age.

Harvest Date September 21 – October 2
Sugar At Harvest 23.2° brix
Barrel Aging 6 months
Bottling Date August 1983
Release Date September 1984
Alcohol 13%