In our opinion, you could not have asked for a better growing season than during the 2018 vintage. In July and early August, a long stretch of dry and hot weather helped the vines grow, but the heat wave broke right before véraison, giving the grapes milder daytime temperatures and cool nights to promote flavor development and preserve the bright acidity that we love. Rainfall was also ideal, where there was enough hydration to keep these dry-farmed vines hydrated without sacrificing concentration. That weather held through harvest, and as a result of this and excellent Biodynamic farming, the fruit at Johan was the best we’ve seen yet.
The 2018 vintage gave us an excellent opportunity to experiment with both grape varieties that we work with from Johan and as we harkened back to our French days where we would notice both red and white grapes (likely from mutations) in the fermenters., we knew it was the right year to test out some thoughts. Tom was especially fond of a fermentation from Burgundy that he worked with and hence, the decision to co-ferment Pinot Noir and Chardonnay came to be.
The 2018 “Tulips” Johan Vineyards is mineral-forward style wine that has true umami characteristics and is both fruity and savory at the same time, which we absolutely love! The aromatics are savory and spicy, with fresh strawberries, match stick, allspice and cardamom, and the ever present saline notes we typically notice in our Johan Chardonnays. The palate is electric and shows notes of red berries with brown spices. We believe the wine will develop gloriously in the cellar, but is drinking very well young too.
-Division Wine Co.