1977 California Chardonnay

The “California” appellation refers to our blend of grapes from Santa Barbara County and the Alexander Valley. The grapes from Alexander Valley contribute the full body and intense flavors, while the grapes from Santa Barbara County contribute the high acidity.

vintage weather

Hot. Second drought year. Little bit cooler than 1976. Growers more prepared for low water. Vines still somewhat stressed, but the fruit had good balance and concentration. Long, cool, crush.

tasting notes

The resulting wine is crisp to the point of tartness with mouth filling fruit flavor. We preserved the freshness of the wine by limiting the time in oak to only five months. You can enjoy the wine in its youth as a delightful example of varietal fruit, or it can be aged to allow the oak complexities to surface for greater richness.

Harvest Date Late September
Sugar At Harvest 22.7° brix
Barrel Aging 5 months
Bottling Date December 1978
Release Date June 1979
Alcohol 13.4%