2018 Chardonnay Reserve

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2018 Chardonnay Reserve
2018 Chardonnay Reserve
Tasting notes

Color: Lemon

Aromas: Citrus and leather.

Taste: Lemon, tangerine and dragonfruit.

Production notes

Aged 7 months new and used French oak barrels.

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
Harvest Date09/07/2018
Acid5.6 mg/L
Aging7 months new and used French oak barrels
Residual Sugar0%
Wine StyleDry White
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/11/2019
Cases Produced151 Cases + 11 Bottles

2018 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2018 growing season was characterized by unusually high amounts of rain throughout the state. 2018 was the wettest year on record for dozens of towns and cities throughout Virginia. Almost all of the state had a precipitation surplus in 2018 and several areas along the Blue Ridge Mountains saw more than 80 inches of precipitation during the year!

Several hurricanes and tornadoes affected Virginia in 2018 bringing flooding and wind damage to an already-wet year. The year was one of the deadliest hurricane season for Virginia since 2003. Each storm brought significant flooding to inland areas and compounded an already wet year.

Overall yields decreased 35% over last year. 2017 was a very good year, but 2018’s yields were down 20% from 2016, also a weak year. The significant crop loss was primarily due to weather. The actual decrease in yield may be larger than reported as some growers stated they did not report because they lost all or nearly all their crop due to adverse weather.

The unusually high amount of rainfall throughout the year caused the worst harvests on record for many growers across the state. Growers self-reported 1,763 tons of grapes lost to weather in 2018 – again, the majority citing rain as the main culprit. 

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