2015 Vintage Willamette Valley Chardonnay

2015 Vintage Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Notes of honeycomb, orange blossom and sweet oak jump out of the glass. The sweetly textured palate is framed by exotic stone fruits and vibrant citrus while the creamy notes linger on the finish.


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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Willamette Valley and Yamhill-Carlton AVAs


VINEYARDS

Harvest Date: September 5 - 10, 2015
Brix: 21.5
pH 3.33

FERMENTATION AND AGING

Alcohol 12.9%
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Vintage

In a similar fashion to the 2014 vintage, the Willamette Valley experienced another extraordinary, nearly ideal growing season. 2015 was a dry season, though never critically hot. This led to perfect ripeness and beautifully balanced fruit. High yields with exceptional quality allowed for another harmonious vintage, albeit almost a month earlier than the previous year.

Higher than normal temperatures in spring allowed for early bloom, flower and fruit-set in exceptional conditions. The last rains were waved away on the 2nd of June and the Willamette Valley enjoyed a warm and dry growing season with temperatures never threatening over-ripeness. The harvest began in the last week of August, almost a full month earlier than normal. Grape clusters were larger than usual as a result of a very giving vintage, allowing for larger yields at high levels of quality.

A twin to 2014, although a year apart, the 2015 vintage provided pristinely clean fruit with minimal ill-effects due to disease, pests and birds. With the wines showing extraordinary balance between fruit, sugar and acidity, the harmony of the 2015 vintage sets the stage for some stellar Oregon wines.

Size 750 ml