2016 Loubejac Chardonnay

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2016 Loubejac Chardonnay

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Electric minerality and vibrant aromatics of flint, yellow citrus, white florals, and green mango. The palate displays purity and great tension as kernels of flavor move with thrilling natural acidity into a refreshing finish with only subtle suggestions of spice from third-filled French oak.

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Vintage: 2016 was phenomenal. A warm spring was followed by a mild summer with just enough rain. Weather in September was optimal, allowing physiological and sugar ripeness with high but balanced acidity on an average sized crop.

Place: Loubejac, Willamette Valley. Ten-year-old Dijon 76 Chardonnay is farmed organically and without irrigation in Helmick silt loam and Willakenzie silty clay loam soils near Monmouth. Sitting around 330’, it’s exposure and proximity to the cool Van Duzer corridor allows for high acidity in ripe fruit. It is farmed by Bruno Corneaux/Northwest Wine Co.

Winemaking: Hand harvested 9/15/16. Pressed and briefly settled, the juice was transferred to 1 third fill 228L Damy barrel and 1 neutral 228L barrel for fermentation with native yeast and zero additions/adjustments except SO2. Aging took place in a cold cellar in the Eola-Amity Hills with minimal lees stirring. The wine went through full malolactic and was racked from barrel to stainless steel after one year for a second winter on lees. Bottled 2/7/2018 unfined and unfiltered. 

Chemistry: TA: 6.4 g/l | pH: 3.30 | VA: 0.48g/l | Ethanol: 12.96% | SO2: ~45ppm