Vintage 2021 began with a warm spring and little rain. By the time midsummer was approaching it was clear that we were experiencing severe drought conditions, leading to fewer grape clusters on the vine. This resulted in lower yields with small berries that were packed with intense, lush flavor. Early ripening, sunny summer heat, and a lack of water were balanced out by a very welcomed cool fall season. The more temperate fall weather created the perfect conditions for our fruit to continue ripening steadily and allowed us to harvest at the optimal moment. Vintage 2021 will continue to be celebrated for its dense fruit, bold structure, and unforgettable complexity.
TASTE ALONG WITH THE WINEMAKER
“High atop Mount Veeder we have a small portion of the Veeder Hills vineyard planted to Chardonnay. From vineyard to your glass, this wine is offered in a pure, Chablis-like style that is crsip and clean, with firm elements of minerality and a bright energy on the palate. On the nose, beautiful and delicate floral aromas, including jasmine, marry with enticing notes of lemon curd. Layers of green apple, nectarine and lemon zest offer a wonderful acidity that delights the palate with a refreshing finish.”
– Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
CURATED CULINARY PAIRING
A winery favorite is fennel dusted wild Pacific Halibut with roasted peaches and field greens dressed with a honey & citrus vinaigrette. A spicy, sweet greens mix featuring arugula, mizuna and mache joined with stone fruits like pears, white peaches and nectarines is superb. A Feta style goat cheese or Carmody enhances the natural gifts of this Chardonnay.
– Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef