Formally recognized on December 13, 2018; for decades, winemakers and winegrowers have extolled the virtues associated with the Van Deuzer afternoon wind influences. Called the “Van Duzer effect,” it truly has a significant impact of style for the wines, of this and some of the neighboring regions.
Temperatures dramatically affected with 20-30 degree drops in late afternoons, have longer hangtimes throughout the season. They are a necessity to incorporate these swings in temperatures; and, more often than not, flavor development is ahead of sugar development. This then offers lower potential alcohols. Skin of the grapes tend to become thicker from the winds, resulting in less juice to skin ratio, and often provide wines which have a savoryness, displaying tightly wound energy at their core.
Havlin Vineyard: Chardonnay
Brilliant straw. Citrus pith, dried pear, fennel, savory herbs, and a hint of toasty lees on the deeply perfumed nose. Chewy and tightly focused on the palate, offering concentrated, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit flavors that flesh out and become spicier with aeration. In an ample style but not lacking for vivacity thanks to its core of juicy acidity. A long, nervy finish emphatically repeats the pear, mineral and fennel notes. 15% new oak.