The 2021 vintage showcased the advantages of growing grapes on the coast in a drought year. Where some parts of the state were abnormally warm, the coast remained moderate and stable, allowing for winemaking-through-farming. We were able to carefully manage tonnage and let the fruit hang precisely as long as we wished, developing full phenolic ripeness while still preserving the acidic quality that is so characteristic of the coast. Of course, drought means less water, but the lack of severe heat days on the coast meant the vines, though water-stressed, were not overly so. Overall, look forward to a banner year for Pinot and Chardonnay, with wines that will be bright, concentrated, and age-worthy.
“The 2020 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes mainly from Charles Heintz vineyard and is aged in neutral barrels. It leaps with vibrant notes of preserved lemons, yellow apples, and allspice with hints of fresh hay, toasted almonds, and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, with citrus, apple, and baking spice layers, supported by a racy backbone, finishing long with a zesty lift.”
– 93pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown