2014 DuPratt Chardonnay
The DuPratt vineyard is a shining example of old vine Chardonnay in
Anderson Valley. Teeming with compelling minerality, this site-driven
Chardonnay is intoxicatingly aromatic; fresh lemon verbena, quince paste
and orchard blossoms. Powerful and precise, the solid backbone and lively
acidity lead to flavors of crisp green apple, grapefruit and fresh herbs.
Higher elevation and pronounced coastal influences have yielded this lean
and vibrant Chardonnay a complex body and potential for long aging.
The small, five acre DuPratt vineyard sits on a ridge in Anderson Valley at
an elevation of 1,550 feet, a few short miles from the charming seaside
town of Elk. Planted in 1983 in upland timber sandstone soils, the fruit
from this site distinctively reflects its mountainous locale, yielding wines
with notable acidity and an appealing, rigid structure
The 2014 vintage started dry but abundant February rain came just in
time to break the winter drought. Warm spring temperatures encouraged
an early bud break that kept vineyard development ahead of schedule
through the entire season. Our harvest was condensed beginning
September 3 and concluding on September 24. For the first time, our
Pinot Noir and Syrah harvest overlapped. Abundant sunshine and cool
evenings created near ideal conditions for ripe and balanced wines with
yields falling in the normal range.