2022 Estate Chardonnay
Robert planted 4 acres of Chardonnay back in 1995 because it was his wife Mary Jane's favorite. Since then Midnight has produced a 100% estate Chardonnay from our low-yielding, concentrated vineyard. Our cooler westside climate and wonderfully acidic soils lend divine growing conditions that showcase the varietal in a clean style. The wine only goes through only 20% malolactic fermentation and is barrel aged in 20% new French oak to feature the grape and terroir of our estate vineyard.
Willow Creek District Paso Robles
100% neutral French oak
This wine is medium straw in color. Aromas of crushed granite, orange blossom honey, concorde pear and fresh pastry. Flavors of Braeburn apple, soft caramel and honeycomb are balanced with yuzu-like acidity. Pairs excellently with butter poached halibut or potato & leek soup. Drink now.
There were many struggles that the Midnight Cellars estate vineyards faced in the 2022 growing season. Following California climate trends, there was a continuous water shortage throughout the year. To stress vines further during harvest, there was a twelve day heat spell at the end of August and beginning of September. This caused our winery team to work at an exceedingly rushed pace. High heat was followed by an unusual rain storm in mid-September. With the entire region facing the irregular fluctuation in climate, finding labor for picking was scarce. We were lucky to bring in the majority of our crop before the heat and rain over influenced the quality. We had a low yield of high-quality and exceptional fruit.