An unusually cool growing season extended the maturation time and yielded near perfect fruit for 2018. This ranks among the best Chardonnays from Hirsch, showing ornate complexity and elegance in the flavors of Red Delicious apples with fresh, laser-focused acidity and a gently nutty character. Deep as the ocean and beautifully textured, this is California coastal Chardonnay at its pure, terroir-driven best.
The 2018 Chardonnay Estate, from vines planted in 1994, opens with toasted nuts, gunflint, candle smoke and fresh Red Delicious apples with wafts of dried herbs and green tea. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a silky texture and gently nutty character, finishing long, fresh and mineral driven. Lovely! 600 cases were made.