2020 was an interesting grape-growing year. Despite the lack of rain, and the start of a drought year, temperatures were mild for two thirds of the growing season, coupled with a lighter frost year (compared to recent history) and overall ideal temperatures that stretched into early summer.The Los Carneros AVA is known for ideal conditions to grow high quality Chardonnay grapes, granting us fruit that is incredibly balanced and with great acidity. The cool climate of this region is one of the world’s premier areas to grow Chardonnay grapes. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes, and persistent morning fog. As hot air rises above the inland valleys, it is draws cool air from the Pacific Ocean. The sun burns off this fog late in the morning, leading the temperature to increase gradually throughout the day. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop great natural acidity and deep fruit flavor. All…
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