2019 Boars' View Chardonnay
In the glass, the 2019 Boars' View Chardonnay radiates a deep golden hue reminiscent of royal antiquities. There is a concert of aromas that emerge in rolling waves, suggesting polished brass, flowering jasmine, lemon curd, white pepper, and lilac blossoms. The palate features an array of decadent flavors. Notes of lanolin, crème brulée, honeysuckle, lychee, lime pith and white peach interact in harmony. The wine offers a very sleek, coating trajectory hallmarked by a wealth of rich Chardonnay flavor and complimentary new French oak.— Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker
The 2019 growing season gave Thomas and his team an exciting ride with heavier than normal winter rains followed by a cool spring and a late start to bloom. Summer heated up and we enjoyed a long string of warm days without significant heat spikes. The morning fog preserved the natural acidity and we were able to harvest at our leisure perfectly ripened clusters.
Boars' View Vineyard is located two ridgelines in from the Pacific coastline where the microclimate ideally balances the cooler morning marine influences with warmer midday and afternoon temperatures. The site was developed by legendary vineyard manager Ulises Valdez Sr. working hand-in-hand with brilliant winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. After extensive soil assessment, the duo determined California heritage clones would thrive in the warmer region and planted Calera, Mt. Eden, and Swan clones in the predominantly Goldridge loam soil of the mid-saddle and lower sections. Atop the hill, the silty clay soil was selected for growing Chardonnay and Wente clone was planted. Valdez & Sons continues to meticulously tend our vines and each year brings forward the finest crop from which Thomas and his team are able to handcraft the most expressive wines possible.