2019 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
The 2019 vintage is a blend from five vineyard sites - two from Eola-Amity Hills AVA, one from Chehalem Mountains AVA and two from the (pending AVA) Mount Pisgah area. The ripe, rich fruit from Eola and Chehalem is counterbalanced by the Mount Pisgah components, which lend precise acidity without compromising texture, length, or structure.
CHEHALEM MOUNTAINS AVA
Chehalem Mountain Vineyard was first planted in 1969 by Dick Erath. This selection, in particular, is as unique as the California Clone-107 material (aka Calera clone), grown on basaltic soils.
EOLA-AMITY HILLS AVA
Eola Springs Vineyard possesses unique Chardonnay vines that were once identified as Mendoza clone, but in fact a massale selection of Wente clonal material from the vineyard’s original planting in 1972. Willakia Vineyard, owned by Erath, is divided into small blocks with diverse clones and rootstocks based on the aspects, slopes and orientations of the vineyard’s beautiful rolling lands.
MOUNT PISGAH AVA
The Giving Tree vineyard is a relatively cool site, shaped by gusty Van Duzer Corridor winds that extend the growing season and yield beautiful, acid-driven fruit. Fern Creek is a young vineyard already producing high quality, fresh and zippy fruit.
Native yeast in 20% new French oak, 60% neutral and
20% stainless steel. The barrel fermented lots completed malolactic fermentation (none in steel). Aging for 10 months in Remond, Damy, & Seguin Moreau Icone Blanc barrels.
Lime and subtle butterscotch aromatics lead the way to lively, herbal, fruit driven flavors highlighted by fresh apple and marjoram. The finish brings notes of lemon rind and barrel to complete this layer for a balanced, textured wine.
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