FLOWERS CHARDONAY 750
The 2019 Chardonnay from our Camp Meeting Ridge vineyard walks a tightrope of intriguing contrasts and dichotomies – it’s remarkably fresh and vibrant but richly textured at the same time. Aromas of delicate citrus blossom and Meyer lemon zest open, joined by fresh pear and hints of white stone fruit layered with the site’s signature coastal brininess: a mineral-driven oyster-shell quality with resiny herbs and hints of anise that nudge the wine in an appealing savory direction. The wet-stone character persists and frames the palate, underlying an exotic preserved-lemon character accentuated by bright marine acidity carrying the wine through a long, textured finish.
There is a great deal of beauty and expression to be found in the 2019 vintage. The growing season began with a cool winter and heavy rainfall; we even had snow on our estate! We already had cover crop coming up at this time, so the snow really oxygenated soils and brought them to life. Spring was clear and bright, with early bud break and cool, sunny days. Summer followed with mild temperatures allowing moderate ripening and resulting in an eloquent and expressive vintage with superb fruit quality.