Ancien Chardonnay 2021, Toyon Farm, Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Our association with Toyon Farm has been a grand partnership dating back to 1998. The next generation has begun as Rob Bonavito has taken the reins of this exceptional vineyard. It is located on a southwest-facing slope on the eastern (Napa) side of the Carneros. The topsoil is dark rich clay, averaging just around 24 inches in depth. These soils promote dark brooding fruit, emphasizing texture and tannin. The 2021 growing season was a welcome success after a more varied and challenging 2020. The vines came on with aplomb, demonstrating the rich fruit concentration we expect – even if the crop was meager. The ongoing drought in California served to further accentuate the character and concentration of the fruit. While warmer conditions have prevailed in other areas, the coastal areas of California continue to benefit from the maritime influence and moderating influence that it brings. Tasting notes: Enticing aromas of citrus, stone fruit and hints of ripe apple. It is at once textured and concentrated on the palate while retaining is liveliness with refreshing acidity. The flavors build through a crescendo with accents of honeydew, lime, Meyer lemon and Crème Brûlée balanced by a creamy palate. The lingering finish is framed by mouthwatering minerality as the complex fruit reverberates on the palate.