2017 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

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2017 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

33.00

Tasting Notes:

Lemon curd, bright citrus oils, graham, ginger and yellow apple aromatics mingle with subtle wooden spice and sweet tea. The palate is bone dry and chalky with expansive, rich flavors that follow the nose. Bright acidity buoys the dense and wide mid-palate and stretches the wine out long with a refreshing finish.

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Vineyard Notes:

100% Willamette Valley Chardonnay

50% Seven Springs Vineyard 6-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 clone Chardonnay 10% Loubejac Vineyard 11-year-old Dijon 96 clone Chardonnay 10% Durant Vineyard 20-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 clone Chardonnay 20% AlexEli Vineyard 37-year-old 108 clone Chardonnay 10% Yamhill Vineyard 34-year-old 108 clone Chardonnay

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 one year in 25% new French oak barrels, the wine was blended and transferred to stainless steel for a second winter on lees. After nearly six months in steel on lees, the wine was lightly fined with bentonite before a gentle lenticular filtration. 12.5 barrels produced.

Chemistry

3.31pH | 6.3 T.A. | 13% ABV | 1.2g/L (0.12%) R.S. | .53g/L VA | 35ppm SO2