2014 Ian's Reserve Chardonnay
2014 was one of those rare vintages when everyone is excited—writers and winemakers love the quality, grape growers had no handwringing to do, and yields pleased bankers, which also means customers will see reasonable prices! Wine quality is excellent, based on full ripeness, probably the cleanest fruit we’ve seen in decades, and restrained extraction in fermentation to compensate for the warmest growing season on record. Despite the warmth of over 2800 degree days, good cropload balance and harvest timing gave us reasonable alcohols, averaging just under 14%. Whites are lush and gorgeously fruited. Pinot noir colors are appropriately rich but not deep, wines not tannic or over-extracted, and all’s right with the world.