Winemaker Tasting Note
Compelling and complex, the 2013 Heirloom Chardonnay offers lush flavors of lemon chiffon, quince and white peach with lifted floral notes of honeysuckle. The elegant fruit remains persistent throughout and is powerful in its freshness. Twenty percent new French oak imparts structure and toasted almond and spice notes rather than an obvious influence, letting the depth of fresh fruit and thread of minerality linger on the long finish.
299 cases produced.
About the Vintage
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest – one of the earliest and most condensed of recent memory. 2013 was also a bountiful vintage, but we are fortunate that Grace Benoist Ranch is naturally limiting and the resulting yields were balanced.