2022 Dundee Hills Chardonnay
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, KARL WEICHOLD
Vibrant aromas of lemon curd leap from the glass, followed by wet stone, white flowers, and orange oil. On the palate, tropical flavors of pineapple and yuzu evolve into crisp apple and pear, finishing on floral notes of jasmine and pear blossom. The mid-palate is broad, filling the mouth while staying focused with bright acidity.
The 2022 growing season was full of surprises that resulted in a miracle harvest of delicious, age-worthy wines with balance and vibrancy. The vintage kicked off with a cold and wet spring that turned worrisome when an unusually late-season freeze event affected lower-lying sections of the vineyard. Slowly but surely, temperatures began to warm by mid-May and continued to rise throughout the summer allowing the vines to flourish. Harvest commenced on September 13, almost four weeks behind recent vintages. Fortunately, moderate temperatures and clear skies facilitated a steady intake of fruit until finished on October 21.