Our Willamette Valley Chardonnay is hand-picked and hand-sorted then gently pressed. Half of this wine was barrel-fermented and aged in large French oak barrels for 9 months (35% new) to add richness and texture, while the other half spent 9 months in stainless steel tanks to preserve brightness and fruit. The wine has a fresh, lightly oaked profile with a bright, fruit-driven finish.
The 2017 Vintage
2017 brought us back to what we consider a classic, cool-climate Oregon vintage, a year when our decades of experience paid off. Wet spring weather led to a more typical growing season compared with the past three vintages, all unusually hot. The summer of 2017 was warm and dry, leading to excellent flavor development in the fruit, but we thinned the crop considerably to ensure concentration and ripeness. Harvest was staggered because of the October rains, which meant long days for our crew during the windows of sun. 2017 wasn’t an easy year to farm, but the fresh, fully developed flavors of the vintage make it worth the hard work