Growing Conditions

The 2019 vintage was in many ways reminiscent of 2018 in that it started late and stayed on track for a late harvest. The extremely wet winter of 2019 helped the health of the canopies in the vineyard while filling our reservoirs with water for the season before, we enjoyed a remarkably long summer all during harvest. Identical in degree growing days, a measure of how warm the season has been, we enjoyed a very pleasant harvest with gorgeous, dark fruit for the reds and forward, pleasing whites. We’re quite taken with the wines from this vintage. Pinot Noir yields were short and concentrated from our vineyard, while the Chardonnay bounty was more typical in yields. They shall be a bit more generous and earlier drinking than the previous, cooler vintage.

Winemaking

Our 2019 Mariafeld, Pinot Noir, prized for its ability to develop color and tannin in cool conditions, is typically the darkest and most brooding of our Pinot Noirs. Our 2019 vintage showcases the black and blue fruit notes and lovely spice elements we typically find in our Mariafeld selection. Blackberry, sassafras and allspice come to the fore with hints of violets on the nose. The wine displays a wonderful balance on the palate that finishes decidedly on the refreshing side.