1979 Napa Valley Chardonnay

The summer of 1979 ended in a solar blast similar to 1978. Most of the Chardonnay harvest had been completed by the middle of the heat spell and the ultimate results were classically balanced sugar-acid ratios in physiologically mature fruit.

vintage weather

Cool. Early spring heat waves caused uneven set. Cool growing season, followed by rains at harvest. Early picking resulted in well-balanced, clean fruit.

tasting notes

This year, a more floral-like variety aroma blends with the hints of spice and toasty oak volatiles. On the palate, acid, body, and varietal flavors merge to a light silken finish. Every winemaker hopes for a vintage that produces an apparent lightness (balance) coupled with substance and complexity in the aftertaste. It happened in 1979.

Harvest Date September 13 to September 22
Sugar At Harvest 23.6° brix
Barrel Aging 6 months
Bottling Date August 1980
Release Date September 1981
Alcohol 13.9%