Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: Lively aromas of fresh pear and Macintosh apple, with a hint of vanilla and baking spice lift from the glass. A light, fresh body features a smooth approach, fleshy and alive with loads of fresh citrus, white peach and quince. A standout Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley at an incredible value.
Notes: The grapes were harvested in the cold of the morning and transported to the winery. Bunches were immediately pressed and the juice was transferred to stainless steel tanks for cold settling. After being racked off solids the juice was allowed to warm naturally and was then inoculated with cold tolerant yeasts. After fermentation, 50% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for 10 months prior to bottling.
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