Yamhill-Carlton AVA. 1984/85-planted Wente selection Chardonnay vines grow on own roots in sandy, marine sediment WillaKenzie soils at 400-500' and face due south. Planted in two, non-irrigated blocks, the lower, larger section is impacted more by phylloxera than the smaller, upper section. Starting at the end of 2014, farmer Ralph Stein began vine by vine replanting with vineyard selected Wente on rootstock. The vineyard is farmed sustainably by Ralph and his family, who live and operate a small B&B on the property.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/27/14.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/15/15.
Chardonnay from Yamhill Vineyards was hand-picked 9/10/16.
Willamette Valley AVA. 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.
Chardonnay from Loubejac was hand-picked 9/16/16.
THE EYRIE VINEYARDS
Dundee Hills AVA. With some of the oldest vines in the Willamette Valley, the Draper selection Chardonnay was planted at The Eyrie Vineyards on own their own roots in the late 1960’s by David Lett. The soils are in the volcanic basalt and clay Jory. The site is south facing at approximately 345’ and is certified organic, non-irrigated and thoughtfully farmed by Jason Lett.
Chardonnay from The Eyrie Vineyards was hand-picked 9/20/16.