1978 California Chardonnay

Again, the California appellation refers to a blend made of wines from the premium coastal viticultural areas. A very warm September resulted in grapes of high sugar content.

vintage weather

Temperate Consistent. Good winter rains. Long and warm growing season. Late heat led to a somewhat compressed harvest. High extract and body with well-balanced fruit.

tasting notes

The high extract of mature fruit, plus extra long oak aging have produced a golden, richly flavored wine. While Napa Valley and Alexander Valley contribute honeyed varietal character, apple-like crispness of the Santa Maria fruit brings the wine into balance. One year of additional bottle age is recommended to harmonize the diverse flavors and full body.

Harvest Date Late September
Sugar At Harvest 24.0º brix
Barrel Aging 7 months
Bottling Date December 1979
Release Date May 1980
Alcohol 13.9%