2015 CH Gran Moraine Vineyard Chardonnay
We’ve always loved white Burgundy. In the past decade, we have witnessed Chardonnay growers in the Willamette Valley gaining knowledge and expertise farming Chardonnay in Oregon’s climate and soils. We decided it was time to get back to producing limited quantities of one of our favorite styles and varietals of white wine.
Our 2015 Chardonnay is a Vineyard designated Dijon Clone 76 hailing from 210-acre Gran Moraine Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Gran Moraine is comprised of well-drained, ancient Willakenzie and Hazelair soils and is situated in the foothills of the Coast Range at 180-240 feet elevation 10 miles west of Carlton, Oregon.
This balanced wine was barrel fermented, with just 10% new oak, the remainder neutral. To create a creamy, round texture, regular lees stirring was employed. Malolactic fermentation contributed balanced acidity. The resulting wine has a creamy and round texture and mouthfeel, yet is still very clean and crisp, focused on the ripe citrus spectrum.