2021 Weather Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Weather Wines’ infatuation with Chardonnay continues with this elegantly-complex release from the esteemed Sonoma Coast AVA. The 2021 vintage is golden in the glass with deep straw-hued edges. Aromas of butterscotch, citrus crème, lemon meringue and white tropical fruit promise rich and layered flavors on the palate. Ripe Fuji apple, Anjou pear and peach pie notes are lifted by fragrant jasmine and tangerine blossom and a touch of crushed-stone minerality. Aged for nine months in 30 percent new French oak barrels this luscious Chardonnay shows great acidity with a lengthy, fleshy finish.
A dry growing season in 2021 brought lower yields, early ripening and excellent fruit concentration along the Sonoma Coast. The summer season was steady, with periodic hot weather offset by cooling marine fog in the evenings. Moderate conditions prevailed into harvest, punctuating an excellent vintage with pure, energetic wines.