2016 Reserve Chardonnay
The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is composed of fruit from two of our organic, estate vineyards that span two different AVAs, two different soil types and two different elevations. Through the combination of both microclimates, fantastic results can be achieved. The wine leads with aromatics of caramel apple, mandarin orange, white flower and ginger spice. The delicate oak adds an extra layer of complexity with whiffs of cinnamon and roasted marshmallow. On the palate, this Chardonnay is supple, elegant and in excellent balance with its crisp, natural acidity which leads into a long and mineral finish. This wine should age beautifully over the next several years in bottle.
An unusually warm spring kicked off another record early grape harvest for 2016. Unlike 2015, which was equally early, 2016 had a much more moderate Summer with fewer heat spikes than either 2014 or 2015. A small heat spike during bloom lead to a smaller fruit set with smaller berries. A slightly warmer than usual August shepherded the modest crop loads to full ripeness in record time. As a result, the 2016 wines show stunning concentration and balance when compared to other warm vintages with similarly pristine, ripe fruit. 2016 marks the 3rd consecutive stellar vintage in the Northern Willamette.
92 points- James Suckling
"A bright and fresh, white peach and pear nose with white almonds, leading to a sleek, fresh, lemon and pear drive on the palate. Refined, long and very pure. Drink now."