The elegant nose of the 2020 AVIDITY Chardonnay expresses ripe stone fruits, pear and sweet white floral notes. The palate is met with a full creamy body that is perfectly complimented with flavors of sliced pineapple and citrus peel. This unfiltered gem has a minerality that leads to a memorable finish that lingers much longer than traditional Chardonnay.
The 2020 growing season in the Russian River Valley enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions. Steady daytime heat and characteristically cool evenings, due to the fog that regularly fills the valley at night, provided ideal conditions for a classic expression of Chardonnay. An August heat spell accelerated ripening, resulting in an early start to harvest—one to two weeks ahead of normal in most vineyards. In general yields were smaller than average, and lower in acid than normal due to the warmer vintage. Berries were small, with concentrated flavors, producing Chardonnay of great intensity.