This is a new blend for us. Midan al-Tarhir went in a certain directlion, founded on fruit from Markus Bokisch’s hillside Verdelho vineyard. We blended the wine from that fruit because I had never succeeded in making a wine from it that I thought was equal to the vineyard. Thus Midan, a blend meant to give that fruit a home. This year, we finally got the vineyard right and have made an excellent single-vineyard wine. Our blend returns to a wine we have not made since 2008. Previously, the wine has come exclusively from Lost Slough; this year, we revive the name for a very interesting wine devoted to displaying phenolic intensity, acidity, and minerality with a minimum of skin contact. The blend is a majority Chardonnay, all from Tenbrink. The rest is Verdelho, with a little Cinsault and Pinot Grigio; al from 2012. The wine was fermented in barrel, but aged only 5 months, with limited malo-lactic fermentation. I think that the wine is recognizably Chardonnay (which does not sound like praise) but has excellent acidity, a tannic grip, Lodi minerality, and no butteriness.