Chardonnay

Chardonnay

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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.

VINTAGE
2014

VINEYARD | AVA
Celilo Vineyard
Columbia Gorge, WA

Harvest
Lot 1: Picked 9/28/2014
Brix=23.5
Lot 2: Picked 10/13/2014
Brix=23.4

PROCESSING {WINEMAKING}
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.

ELEVAGE
Blended after 5 months.
Alcohol: 13.8%. Final pH=3.3.
Bottled 3/16/2015

TASTING NOTES
Green apple, Asian pear, and mineral meld into a bright and silky chardonnay.

ASPECT/ALTITUDE/CLIMATE/SOIL/CLONE
Sub-alpine, Southeast-facing slope, 800-1200 feet, non-irrigated, volcanic loam. Wente clone.