The second vintage of La Lutte was an experiment in climate. Although both 2013 and 2014 were very warm growing seasons, 2014 was drier and the fruit for the 2014 La Lutte was picked on September 23 -- a full two weeks earlier than the 2013. Despite the heat, the grapes retained all of their natural malic acid and were picked at a very specific time. This resulted in what we consider a very fresh, very bold wine especially in comparison with the 2013, which Ali describes as “more delicate and elegant.” “If I get the pick right, and make all the right decisions, the fruit does all the work itself,” says Ali. “It’s our version of working smarter, not harder.” Try the 2013 and 2014 side by side and see the difference for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think!
***A special note: you may notice that the 2014 La Lutte is not a “new” release, per say, and you’re right. But we noticed something beautiful happening and we decided to take advantage of it on your behalf. That something was, while we adored the 2014 last year, holding it in bottle an additional year has proven to be a chrysalis of sorts – allowing a stunning “baby burgundy,” as Ali calls it, to morph into a more mature, even more spectacular, Chardonnay. So we’ve decided to hold the 2015 La Lutte in bottle for an additional year. “It’s like we’re doing the aging for you,” says Ali. “This wine is really presenting at its best with a little extra time in bottle. And this is great because it’s what the style of the wine demands.” It’s the kind of struggle we all like to see play out so from now on, we’ll be giving these beauties all the time they need.