Opening with fresh floral and citrus peel aromatics, our 2017 Chardonnay offers a palate of nectarine and baked apple. Aged in French Oak for 17 months, this elegant wine has a soft texture balanced by a nice acidity with hints of nutmeg and slate on the finish.
After a few dry winters, the 2016-2017 winter provided ample rain and snowpack statewide. The winter gave way to a relatively cool and wet spring compared to the last few years. As a result, bud break in Oregon started closer to normal in mid-April. The spring warmed up with record heat in late May that initiated flowering in most areas of the state. July ramped up the heat moving the vintage rapidly to véraison. However, August saw multiple one day records for maximum daytime temperatures with heat stress events early and late in the month. - Oregon Wine Board
84% from Sweet Cheeks Winery and 16% Chateau Bianca.
100% Willamette Valley fruit
Food Pairing Notes
Salmon or crab cakes | Caesar Salad | Creamy Pasta
The Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel at a low temperature to preserve aromatics. At the end of the fermentation the wine was transferred to barrel for aging and malolactic fermentation to give complexity and to soften the acidity. The cooperage was 100% French oak with 43% New and 57% Neutral. The Chardonnay aged 17 months in barrel.
Gold Metal, 2020 SavorNW
Double Gold, Sip Magazine