Our style of Chardonnay is probably best described as middle of the spectrum with surprises. It is barrel fermented in a mixture of old and new French oak using our own indigenous microflora. It is aged on lees in barrel for an extraordinarily long time and bottled without fining or filtration. The extended time on yeast lees (23 months) gives remarkable texture and fullness (surprise #1) which are balanced by the salivary-inducing acidity (surprise #2) necessary for that upward trajectory on the finish.
The 2021 vintage from this site possesses all the best qualities of the area: Richness paired with balancing acidity, great fruit (pear/apple with a hint of star fruit), and a nice non-fruit petrichor note. Compared to recent vintages, it’s a bit richer than the racy 2020, more fruit-driven than the 2019, more similar to 2018 and 2016 (and especially the 2009). This should ‘ring the bell’ for Chardonnay lovers.