2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay Magnum
Growing Chardonnay during the 2015 vintage perfectly illustrates the importance of patience. I have no idea if Rousseau was thinking of vineyards and wine when he remarked that “patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet.” Even if that wasn’t the case, his quip couldn’t be more applicable as we reflect on a growing season that was simultaneously challenging but also incredibly rewarding.
As temperatures rose in August, and the temptation to panic began to grip many growers in the Valley, we recognized an amazing opportunity to pivot and embrace the ripe, tropical character that would slowly creep into our Chardonnay with some judicious hangtime, careful farming, and utmost patience. Foremost in our minds though, remained the need to balance these incredible aromas and flavors with the vibrant acidity that makes our Chardonnay ageable. While I wouldn’t say our scheme wasn’t without risk, the result of our composure, grit, and a little bit of luck is nothing short of rich and delicious.
-Winemaker Matt Crafton