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Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2020


This wine immediately impresses with complex and intense aromas, including Meyer lemon and stone fruit, with hints of nutmeg and créme brûlée from a touch of French oak. There is wonderful richness coming from the percentage of barrel fermentation, blaanced with good acidity that adds brightness to the palate and contributes to the long, lingering, enjoyable finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for the 2020 vintage of this wine benefitted from a moderate growing season, with few heat spikes and no rain between April and October. This lead to some wonderful fruit being harvested, especially early-to-mid harvest when the Chardonnay grapes are picked.

Nearly 15% of the grapes wine barrel-fermented for 10 months in 20% new French oak, with the remainder fermented in cool stainless-steel to preserve as much of the bright, crisp fruit as possible. A portion of this wine was left sur lies in the stainless-steel for the mouthfeel.

Following a long growing season, characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer, California's 2018 harvest played out like a dream. The harvest began about two weeks later than previous years, but was more in line with normal timing in the years before the drought. The vintage shows exceptional quality, thanks to consistent growing conditions and cooler temperatures, which allowed the grapes to mature slowly.

Our vineyard sources are planted to multiple clones of Chardonnay which provide us with layered blending options for complexity. In particular, the Dijon clones add lovely floral notes to the wine while the Rued clone displays juicy fruit with a spicy clove-like back note. Chardonnay often produces what we call ‘hens and chicks’ or ‘peas and pumpkins’ which are terms for a combination of very small as well as very large berries on the same bunch. Our Chardonnay clusters are small (about the size of a clenched fist) and the berries are tightly packed so the juice yield per cluster is rather small.

Serving Hints
Pairs well with lemon and rosemary chicken, spicy dishes, seared halibut, Fettuccine Alfredo, and softer cheeses like Brie or Camembert.

Producer: Geyser Peak
Appellation: California
Varietal Composition: 100% California Chardonnay
Alcohol:  13.5%
TA: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.45
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/L

Press Highlights

2020: 90 Pts 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2022
2018: 90 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2020
2015: ‘Year’s Best US Chardonnays, Best Buy’ - Wine & Spirits

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