Light from darkness
Homebound when the pandemic struck, we spent lots of extra time in the vineyard during the first half of 2020 and anticipated a fantastic crop. On August 16, a lightning storm started a wildfire north of us that moved down the ridgeline of the Santa Lucia Highlands swiftly. Unusual weather continued and our ubiquitous winds virtually disappeared, which left smoke lingering for weeks. Our family, neighbors in the SLH and wonderful firefighters saved our vineyards and orchards from harm, but ultimately, the impact of the smoke forced us to drop our red grapes.
We remained optimistic about the potential for our white wines and started with caution, using ultra gentle press cycles to avoid any smoke compounds on the grape skins. With only the fresh juice in the tank, fermentations proceeded normally, and we were thrilled with the results. The Chardonnay shows the typical bright character and freshness we expect from Rosella’s and Soberanes.