2017 Pink Label Willamette Valley Chardonnay

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2017 Pink Label Willamette Valley Chardonnay


Tasting Note:

With a subtle copper hue, The Pink Label is Willamette Valley Chardonnay which aged on Dundee Hills Pinot noir lees from Maresh Vineyard in large format Pinot noir barrels for its final six months of aging.

Demure aromatics of lemons and white raspberry mingle with white peach, blood orange and briny minerals. Flavors of lemon pith, grapefruit, white cranberry and salty mineral fill the palate. Dry, lithe and bright, there is a whisper of cranberry and wood spice before the wine finishes airy and light.

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Vineyards Notes:

99% Willamette Valley Chardonnay | 1% Dundee Hills Pinot noir

25% Seven Springs Vineyard 6-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 clone Chardonnay 25% Durant Vineyard 20-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 clone Chardonnay 25% AlexEli Vineyard 37-year-old 108 clone Chardonnay 24% Yamhill Vineyard 34-year-old 108 clone Chardonnay 1% Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir lees

VInification Notes:

Each lot of Chardonnay was pressed hard as whole clusters and the juice was settled overnight. Some lots were allowed to hyperoxidize before a small dose of SO2 was added, other lots were sulfured in the press pan. After transferring to barrels for fermentation, some lots were chaptalized, others were not. Fermentation commenced with native yeasts and full malolactic conversion occurred. Selected yeasts completed fermentation. After six months in 10% new French oak barrels, the wine was transferred to stainless steel for six months. After twelve months, the wine racked back to large format Pinot noir barrels for a second winter in wood and was stirred weekly and topped with Pinot noir lees from Maresh Vineyard. The wine was lightly fined with bentonite before a gentle lenticular filtration. 4 barrels produced.


3.27pH | 6.49 T.A. | 12.95% ABV | 0.5g/L (0.05%) R.S. | .62g/L VA | 30 ppm S02