Dodon’s Chardonnay 2018 exhibits green apple and cinnamon, and offers an elegant palate enhanced by notes of citrus and a lingering mineral finish. Serve with baked Chesapeake Bay oysters topped with an herb gremolata.
Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in French Oak.
16 acres on estate; 1800 vines/acre
Training: double/guyot/cane pruning
The year started with brutally cold temperatures, as low as two degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) on the morning of January 7, the first plunge in what would become a roller coaster-like vintage. The bitter cold in January gave way to a balmy February and a cool spring that included frost in late April. Rain followed this same pattern, with abundant spring rains, an early summer draught, and near biblical rains the rest of the vintage. To say that the vintage was challenging is an understatement. Neither the vines nor their humans never quite knew what to do next. As harvest grew close, the white fruit was difficult to evaluate, ripening unusually quickly in the days just before picking.
Winemaker: Tom Croghan