We thought we had it easy with the 2018 growing season, but 2019 was even more idyllic across the Napa Valley. is was one for the books: a long, warm summer with no prolonged heat spikes. Yields were not as copious as the previous year, but fruit quality was outstanding. Our focus with the Pulido~Walker Mt. Veeder Estate Chardonnay is not to produce substantial quantity, in any case, but rather to highlight the robust quality of this truly unique mountain Chardonnay. We could not have been more thrilled with the inaugural release of our 2018 vintage. With one more year of vine maturity, the sophomore effort is besting our debut and promises that future vintages of this bold Chardonnay will continue to expand our understanding of how this site can dazzle.
We harvested the three vineyard blocks separately on September 10. Once again, the Wente clone produced a tiny amount of fruit, in contrast to a fairly ample amount of the Montrachet. Planted a year later than the other two, with cuttings from the Thieriot Vineyard, the first crop of the Robert Young clone made a fine, albeit small, showing this year.