The style of this cool-climate Chardonnay falls somewhere between a Chablis and a more traditional white Burgundy. The mature fruit tones from the old-vine Chardonnay used here (>40 years) and subtle oak-treatment provide a richness and smoothness that well balances the bright character of the wine, making for an unusually tasty and food-friendly Chardonnay. Definitely not an oak or buttery Chardonnay.
VINEYARD | AVA
Columbia Gorge, WA
Lot 1: Picked 9/28/2014
Lot 2: Picked 10/13/2014
Whole-cluster pressed into 50% tank and 50% neutral French oak barrel lots for fermentation. Native ML on a few barrels, with weekly battonage through ML.
Blended after 5 months.
Alcohol: 13.8%. Final pH=3.3.
Green apple, Asian pear, and mineral meld into a bright and silky chardonnay.
Sub-alpine, Southeast-facing slope, 800-1200 feet, non-irrigated, volcanic loam. Wente clone.