You may have heard the expression "the wine makes itself." This is never entirely true. There are many intentional choices that winemakers consider to create the final experience you will smell and taste in the glass. From the oak forests our barrel coopers source from, to our cork selection, to our vineyard block sourcing, our international team works tirelessly to communicate our winemaking philosophy through each choice we make.
Our Black Chardonnay production method results in a savory, complex Chardonnay. The results in the glass speak for themselves. Our pre-press crush and extreme pressing program extracts maximum tannins from the Chardonnay grape skins. After the pressing, we do not add sulfites to the pan. Instead we do not disturb the the dark, full-bodied juice, which is not settled or racked, and goes directly into barrel.
All around the world, the Willamette Valley is known for exceptional Pinot Noir. Although we are a Chardonnay-focused house, 25% of our total production is Willamette Valley Pinot Noir fermented in 500L clay amphorae imported from Tuscany. Drawing inspiration from Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy of Burgundy, we hand-snip individual berries from each Pinot Noir cluster and drop them directly into our amphorae.
The name "Double Zero Wines" originated in the vineyard, as many ideas do.
For the first experimental vintages of "Double Zero", we brought our amphorae into the vineyards the day of the harvest in a refrigerated truck. We set up our snipping table in the vineyard and placed each individual berry into terra-cotta amphorae to begin fermentation in the vineyard. Our idea in naming our project was to communicate the essence of the experiment: zero distance in time and zero distance in space between the vineyard and the vinification.
Now that our project has evolved into a collaboration focusing on Chardonnay production across two continents, the name has also evolved to mean something deeper.
"Double Zero" now represents binary forces coming together in pursuit of the holy grail of Chardonnay: Old World and New World, French and American teams, the sun cycles and the moon cycles, the hand and the land, the producers and the consumers. All of these binary forces need to be in harmony for the ultimate expression of our project, from vine to glass.
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