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 Senses 2021 Tenth Stop Chardonnay opens with tantalizing scents of fresh ginger, orange blossoms, and marzipan, over a core of juicy pears, Golden delicious apples, and allspice. The medium-bodied palate delivers a silky texture and beautiful tension, skillfully framing the spicy apple and pear layers, finishing long and elegantly perfumed.” – 94pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW