Seek out 2019 Anderson Valley Pinots

Maggy Hawk Vineyard

A fine combination of grape and year reviewed, plus a few Chardonnays.

I was excited to taste recently released 2019 reds from Anderson Valley as throughout California the weather favoured most varieties, leading to a high proportion of good wines. Quality is also there for whites, though many of these have already been released.

In the Anderson Valley, growing conditions were favourable throughout the season. Good soil moisture and pleasant weather led to healthy budbreak and flowering, establishing the conditions for a vintage with healthy yields, though they were slightly lower than in the generous 2018 vintage. Generally even temperatures...