2020 Chardonnay

The pretty flavors are dominated by quince and bosque pear with nuances of beeswax, marjoram and gardenia adding intrigue and a lovely minerality persisting throughout.  A pleasing tension between viscosity and acidity plays out on the palate with the bright acidity emerging triumphant.  This flavorful, fresh, balanced wine represents everything we are aiming for in chardonnay here at Pride Mountain Vineyards.  

Our intent in winemaking is to respect the elegance of this delicate grape varietal.  A gentle approach is taken from start to finish, beginning with hand harvesting at night. The cold clusters are then loaded directly into the press without destemming, where a long, slow press cycle is done using very low pressure. After cold-settling under inert gas, the juice is racked to French oak barrels, 10% new, for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is initiated in all barrels and arrested when acid balance is reached and lees stirring is done for several months prior to blending and bottling. 

Appellation: 77% Napa
23% Sonoma
Vintage: 2020
Harvest: September 2020
Fermentation: 10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
Cooperage: 10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: July 2021
Production: 1945 cases
Release Date: November 2021
Release Price: 48.00

Reviews

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  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: Issue 257 - Rating: 92

    The 2020 Chardonnay slowly unfurls to reveal notes of key lime pie, yuzu and lemongrass, plus minerally suggestions of wet pebbles, chalk dust and brine. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers exhilarating tension and a zippy backbone, breaking through to fantastic citrusy intensity and a long chalky finish. 1,945 cases were made.