2012 was a winemaker’s dream vintage. Everything from bud break to harvest went incredibly well in Dry Creek Valley. Spring rains were present but mild enough that they did not affect bloom. Summer temperatures were warm, but not hot enough to sunburn any grapes. The crop size was huge, but quality was so high that the large quantity of grapes was happily welcomed.
havvested in two lots; 8/27/2012 - Lemonade Block 9/26/2012 - classic block; We picked the grapes for our Chardonnay in two separate lots: a newer planting of Wente Clone Chardonnay, and an older block of Chardonnay. They were picked almost a month apart, but both were picked in the early morning hours and hand sorted in the vineyard first before being brought to the winery and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice settled for 24 hours in tank before going down to all neutral barrels, where, between the two lots, we used 4 different types of yeast. After fermentation, the barrels were topped up and put through malolactic fermentation. The wine was kept separate, on the lees, until a few weeks before bottling when the two lots were blended together for the first time before going to bottle.