2019 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
The Great Oregon Wine Company
September 29th and October 5th, 2019
Vivid aromas of verveine and fresh cream. On the palate, elegant flavors of toasted almond and meyer lemon panna cotta punctuated by fresh, mouthwatering acidity and finishing with bright citrus and sea minerals.
70% La Chouette Vineyard, 30% Sunset View Vineyard Clones 76 and 96
Handpicked fruit, pressed immediately. 100% Barrel fermented in 40% once-filled oak and 60% neutral oak. Aged sur lie seven months before being blended, filtered and bottled.
2019 began with a warm, wet spring and bud break commenced on schedule in April. A cool spell of weather in June around bloom naturally modulated fruit set, lowering yields. The late spring and summer were warmer than average but lacked notable heat spikes, allowing for steady vine growth and development during the growing season through véraison, which took place in mid-August. A cooling trend starting in early September slowed ripening at the final moments, allowing for additional hang time and flavor development while keeping the fruit in perfect balance until harvest began in mid-September. The 2019 wines are marked by vibrant fruit flavors, age worthy structure, and food-friendly acidity.