Enfield Wine Co., 2018 Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville Napa Valley
From vines planted in 1967.
Climb the old oak tree in the middle of the Haynes Vineyard and you have a direct line of sight across San Pablo Bay to Mt. Tamalpais on the other side. On cool mornings the marine level sinks down into the Coombsville Bowl and doesn’t break up until the afternoon, creating the mildest growing season in the Napa Valley. The vines are planted in deep, alluvial, cobblestone soil ideal for root penetration. Below the topsoil a layer of powdery, white volcanic ash stores tiny amounts of moisture allowing the fruit to maintain tremendous acidity and develop an elegant and refined tannin structure. Haynes produces classic, age-worthy wines of fruit and minerality.
Winemaking: The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed and lightly settled. The juice was barrel fermented with native yeast and underwent full native ML fermentation. The wine was aged on its own lees for 14 months in neutral 500L French oak puncheons, then finished in stainless steel for another 4 months and
bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
Tasting notes from John Lockwood: 2018 was a remarkable vintage in California, with a long, even ripening
season. For Haynes this meant a balance of generous fruit and focused acidity. The 2018 Old Vine Chardonnay is all about elegance, grace and precision, yet there is a softness and suppleness on the palate. Citrus and mineral aromatics roll effortlessly into a surprisingly generous mouthfeel. The finish is chiseled, but not bracing, with good length and a crisp salinity. Lemon peel w/a twist of sweet lime, river stones, honey suckle, toffee, long