Situated on the southeast corner of the Estate, the Luella’s Garden is planted to a selection of the Calera clone. This particular clone typically produces intensely flavorful fruit and the 2021vintage is no exception. The flavors of black cherry, cherry pie and grilled thyme completely overwhelm the palate. Round and smooth, this wine showcases extremely fine grained tannins that linger on the finish. We hope you are as excited as we are about this unique expression from our Estate vineyard.
The 2021 growing season experienced only about 14 inches of rain, challenging the plants from the outset of the year. Late winter and early spring were cold and dry, bringing some uneven growth and stress to the plants. The canopies were a little smaller than average going into the flowering, however the weather was ideal and mild. Flowering determines quality and quantity, so it is the most important time. The 2021 season yielded an average to slightly below average crop size with outstanding quality. Largely, the growing season saw mild temperatures but with several scattered heat events. 2021 thankfully saw the return of the fog, which saved the vintage by keeping the nighttime temperatures cool, refreshing the plants, and keeping them hydrated under severe conditions. Due to the changing climate, fog intrusion has been minimal the last few vintages. The 2021 season finished up around the historical average for temperatures. Despite the inauspicious start to the year, the wines showcase terrific verve, character, and site specificity