1976 Napa & Alexander Valleys Chardonnay

The severe drought we experienced in 1976 dealt us a hard blow as far as quantities are concerned, with barely half the tonnage coming from the same vineyards harvested in 1975. Not only were the berries smaller than usual, but they were also partially dehydrated.

vintage weather

Hot. First drought year. Fruit had high sugars, low acids. Vineyards stressed. Early August – September crush.

tasting notes

This naturally concentrated juice fermented into a wine of substantial body, intense varietal character and a degree of richness and complexity that is rarely found. Further complexities were gained in the extraction of vanilla like flavors from six months of aging in French oak barrels. Unlike many other Chardonnays, the wood complexities are not over powering, but add a delicate backdrop to all important Chardonnay flavors. Although very enjoyable now, we expect this wine to blossom with a couple more years of bottle age.

Harvest Date September 1 to September 7
Sugar At Harvest 23.5° brix
Bottling Date August 1977
Release Date August 1987
Alcohol 13.4%