Oregon: Willamette Valley,

Chardonnay — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Visionary Oregon wine project led by Bertrand de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Katrina Rank, bringing Burgundian winemaking talent to express the Willamette Valley climate and terroir. Focused on single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with conscientious approaches to farming and the pure expression of terroir. Their growers share their sensibility and approach. Pursuing excellence from grape to glass, they’re constantly evolving their vision.

      WINE: Sustainably and dry farmed, single vineyard Chardonnay.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The vineyard sits on a south-facing ridge in the southern Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The terroir evokes volcanic soils, cooler temperatures, and an ideal elevation range.

    • Appellation: Willamette Valley
    • Location: Oregon
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Viticulture: Dry farmed; biodynamic
    • Soil: Volcanic
    • Exposure: South-facing ridge
  • Vintage Report

    • The year of the lowest lows and the highest highs. April frosts killed many primary buds across the Willamette valley. Exceptionally rainy spring led to high disease pressure but great soil moisture. July turned the corner on what was a record setting wet spring with dry and perfectly warm weather. A sensational bloom and an ideal October were all that we needed to end the year feeling like we could barely remember the cool, wet spring.

  • Vinification

    • The fruit was harvested at a low temperature and pressed slowly for 2 hours. The “Coeur” or heart of the press and the other press fraction were separated for fermentation. The wine undergoes aging in a blend of Rare Nuance French Oak barrels sourced from the Burgundian cooper Marc Plantagenet, with 16% being new to impart rich flavors. The majority of the aging takes place in neutral oak barrels, ensuring subtlety and balance, resulting in a nuanced and well rounded final finish. The wine undergoes both alcohol and malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Aged for 10 months in barrel.

    • Aging: 10 months in 16% new French oak barrels
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 12.87%
    • TA: 7.6 g/L
    • p H: 3.12
  • Tasting Notes

    • This Chardonnay has a clean golden color. The nose is deep and subtle. The palate is intense and concentrated while keeping delicate notes of citrus, and white flower. The finish has a distinctive elegance.