Vintage 2021 began with an encouraging mild start and lower than average rainfall. Bud break and bloom were a couple weeks later than average, setting the growing season back slightly. Temperatures rose significantly in August, shortening the seasonal delay. Heat waves plagued the season from August to October, with temperatures over 110°F for extended periods of time. Harvest began on August 17th, with white wines showing great quality despite the heat. At the end of one of the warmest vintages in Paso, we have found wine flavors and quality to be very good with excellent concentration.
Our Chardonnay is sourced from a single grower in a cold spot in the Templeton Gap just of 46W. We have specific barrels we use for Chardonnay that come from Burgundy and Cognac. Barrel fermented and aged sur lie in 40% new oak for 6 months.
Seared Scallops, grilled chicken, swordfish; Cheese: brie, camembert