2017 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
A curated blend of 3 essential chardonnay vineyards, each showcasing different clonal material, for utmost complexity. Dijon-clone material at Stoller Vineyard (Dundee); a bit of old-vine Mendoza -clone from Eola Springs (Eola-Amity); and our favorite block of Chardonnay from Chehalem Mountain Vineyard.
Stoller is the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon's Dundee Hills, spanning almost 400 acres, with 215 acres dedicated to growing vines. The surrounding mountain ranges buffer the vineyard, creating a warmer microclimate that ensures consistent ripening. The south-facing, tightly-spaced vines are planted to Jory soil, on slopes that range from 220 to 640 feet elevation. LIVE certified.
Eola-Springs Vineyard is LIVE certified and farmed sustainably. Sits on the west side of the Eola-Amity Hills, exposed to the Van Duzer Corridor's winds but rests low enough on the hill to not be obliterated. Averaen harvests one acre of Chardonnay that are old, Mendoza clone vines planted on a southwest aspect.
Chehalem Mountain Vineyard was first planted in 1969 by Dick Erath. It has since gone though some much needed revamping thanks to the collaborative efforts of current owner Judy Jordan and viticulturist Lauren Eisold. This selection in particular is special as the material is known as Clone-107 (aka Calera clone); California heritage material is a rarity in Oregon. But in this wine, it is clear that 107 belongs in our fantastic basaltic soils.
Native yeast fermentation in 20% new French oak, 70% neutral and 10% stainless steel. 75% completed malolactic fermentation. Aging in Remond and Seguin Moreau Icone Blanc barrels for 10 months.
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