The 2020 vintage produced a vivacious expression of Peake Ranch Chardonnay with vibrant citrus and floral aromas, lovely verve and tension and lush fruit flavors. On the palate, layers of nectarine, citrus and white flowers are underscored by sophisticated hints of minerality and sea spray that linger on the finish.
The vintage began with a cool winter, with late rains, followed by a mild spring and early summer. As the weather turned hot over Labor Day, our Pinot Noir harvest commenced, with the vast majority of the grapes picked over a 10-day period. The late-summer heat also spurred our Cabernet Sauvignon to an early harvest, with our first grapes picked on September 16th. While the impact of smoke required us to be exacting in our grape selection process in both Monterey County and Paso Robles, Southern San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County were largely unaffected. To ensure the absolute quality of our wines, only the finest grapes were used in 2020, yielding wines with great complexity and depth, generous layers of dark fruit and deep, rich colors.