2017 Hope Well Chardonnay

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2017  Hope Well Chardonnay
2017 Hope Well Chardonnay


Hope Well Wine is a project of Mimi Casteel, a member of the Bethel Heights family. 

You can learn more about her project here: www.hopewellwine.com



The inaugural Chardonnay from Hope Well is such an exciting landmark in the vineyard. We planted Chardonnay after much of the Pinot Noir was asserting the ‘personality’ of its home, and chose our favorite sites based on what we were learning from the Pinot. For young fruit it was very assertive and distinct. By the time it was bottled after ten months in barrel it was clear that Hope Well has a distinct signature for Chardonnay as well as Pinot noir. 

Every year we work to pour as much redundancy into every physical and biological layer of our vineyard ecosystem as we possibly can.  That hard work is transforming what was already a special place into a canvas that paradoxically grows more effervescent and resilient with age. I am taken aback every day by the life that thrums, insistently, vibrating on every frequency, that grows and grows. The vineyard soaks it up like a sponge and pays us back in spades. When we picked the fruit for the 2017 Hope Well wines, smelling and tasting the grapes during processing, and every time I tasted the wines in the cellar, I heard the voice of the vineyard and I resolved to keep doing more.  ~ Mimi Casteel


The grapes were pressed cold and went to barrel without settling, each barrel was hand filled and received the same amount of solids from the press. The next morning the barrels were bubbling, so they were tucked into a cool spot to ferment. Malolactic started before primary was finished, No commercial yeasts or bacteria were used.   


Oregon saw even higher maximum temperatures and lower rainfall in 2017 than in 2016.  2017 was also a year of devastating wildfires in Oregon, the resulting smoke blanketing the Willamette Valley for days at a time during the hottest weather. Ironically, that smoke created an impermeable layer that actually protected the grapes from what might have been terrible sunburn and came at a time when the berries were not susceptible to smoke taint. 

It is now old hat to say ‘another hot, dry season,’ and it might sound like a way of getting in front of high alcohols and low acidity. Not so. The 2017 wines are fresh, nimble and reveal all the layers of Hope Well, the place, as it matures in voice and substance. For complete fact sheet click here.

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