2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
The 2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay was primarily made from estate grapes grown in the Dundee Hills AVA. With an abundance of bright fruit aromatics, this wine was fermented in 40% new French oak to build richness. The nose comes alive with notes of green apple, lemon and vanilla and has fun nuances of pear, mandarin orange, and toasted marshmallow. Texturally, the wine is surprisingly rich with excellent acidity making it a great food wine.
2015 proved to be an exceptional growing season in the Willamette Valley. Warm weather conditions in Spring and Summer lead to record early bud break and vineyard growth. Fortunately, a cool weather pattern arrived in late August giving the vineyards a needed break from the hot growing season. The harvest heavy month of September was quite temperate giving us time to fully ripen our vineyards without fear of rains or extremely hot temperatures. Moreover, the relative absence of rain translated into pristine fruit arriving at the winery. The resulting wines show great power and concentration while at the same time possess the elegance we so love in Oregon.