2015 Chardonnay Estate

2015 Chardonnay Estate
2015 Chardonnay Estate

THE 2015 VINTAGE was characterized by early bud-break, early bloom, plenty of sunshine and a big heat spike in early August. A hot summer like this can push potential alcohols, forcing an early harvest that precludes hang time. But September brought mercifully cool temperatures and chilly evenings. Sugar accumulation was arrested and the vineyard was allowed to develop flavor. Not overripe flavors. Not high alcohol flavors, but instead the integrated, intense, and focused flavors only afforded by generous hang time at low temperatures.

VINIFICATION: The fruit was whole-cluster pressed at low pressure for 4 hours and settled for 72 hours. The juice was then barrel fermented in neutral 500L oak puncheons and traditional 228 L barrels at cool temperatures for an average of 32 days. The new wine was aged on the lees with complete malolactic fermentation, and bottled after 10 months in barrel.

TASTING NOTES: Our 2015 Estate Chardonnay has all of the characteristics we look for from truly great, warm Oregon vintages: energy, tension between the acidity and fruit, a suppleness and body in the mid palate, and a long harmonious finish. This wine should age gracefully over the next seven to ten years. For a complete fact sheet click here.

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