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Black Chardonnay Production

 


 

A Traditional Technique Producing Expressive Wines

 

Our "secret sauce" Black Chardonnay production method is actually a series of steps that results in a savory, complex Chardonnay in the glass. 

The wine is cared for closely during indigenous yeast fermentation and élevage.  We are committed to producing fine Chardonnays with minimal intervention and low sulfites. 


 

An excerpt from "Meet Black Chardonnay: A nearly forgotten technique for exceptional wines has some producers going back to black" by Katherine Cole

“We make this wine the way it was done 60, 70, or 80 years ago in Burgundy,” says Chris Hermann, whose Oregon label 00 is a leading proponent of Black Chard. To be clear, this is an old method but not an ancient one. Black Chard isn’t an orange wine, because the period of skin contact lasts for hours rather than weeks, and the contact occurs only prior to fermentation.

Acceding that the white Burgundies of decades past weren’t as easygoing and drinkable at release as today’s Chardonnays, Hermann says he is more interested in making a wine with the structure to withstand decades of cellar age. “The idea,” he says, unapologetically, “is to explode through existing barriers and boundaries.”

Hermann cites Domaine Coche-Dury as his Chardonnay idol, so I asked Dixon Brooke, president of the domaine’s import firm, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, if he could shed any light on the vinification methodology of one of the world’s least communicative wineries. “Coche-Dury is one of the few producers in Burgundy who have continuously used the old cage press,” Brooke told me. “They have been making the wines in the same way for the past 50 years.


 

An excerpt from "​Gambling on white Burgundy" by Stephen Brook

"Previous technologies such as the basket press and the horizontal press, gave the must early exposure to oxygen which, paradoxically, protected the wine from subsequent oxidation – just as childhood vaccinations protect against diseases in later life."


 

An excerpt from "How Sulfites Affect a Wine’s Chemistry" by Rémy Charest

"Claire Naudin, the owner and winemaker of Domaine Naudin-Ferrand in Burgundy, has seen similar results over the last 10 years. A portion of of her Pinot Noirs get crushed, destemmed, and sulfited at the crush pad, while the rest are whole-bunch fermented and foot trodden, with no sulfur added at any point of vinification or barrel aging. The former approach allows her to maintain the style traditionally associated with the domaine, while the latter is an opportunity for her to expand the range of wines and terroir expression.

“The no-sulfur wines tend to taste older when they’re young,” Naudin says. “That goes with their color, which can have a slight orange tinge—but as the wines get older, they keep showing a remarkable freshness of fruit.” Since oxygen has entered the process more actively and earlier on, aromatic traits usually linked to aging tend to emerge earlier. As a counterpoint, the wine usually remains more aromatically stable over time, since the oxidative reactions that yield those traits have already taken place."

00 Wines Chardonnay Reviews

 

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Oregon Reviewer Erin Brooks:

Outstanding New Releases From Oregon 

2016 00 Wines Chardonnay Bunker Hill (Willamette Valley) - 94

I was impressed with the quality of the wines from 00, a new project founded in 2015 by Chris and Kathryn Hermann. Bunker Hill is 00’s first single vineyard Chardonnay. Made using Burgundian techniques and with a fair amount of skin contact to extract phenolics, the result is a creamy textured but ethereal style of Chardonnay, light-footed, savory and minerally. 


 

Somm film cast member DLynn Proctor:

2016 00 Wines Chardonnay Bunker Hill (Willamette Valley) - 9.6 / 10 on Delectable app

"These wines are legend. Seriously hello Roulot." 


 

Chardonnay

A pretty, mouthwatering Chardonnay with a creamed honey texture produced from Dijon clones planted in marine sedimentary soils of the south Salem hills.

32 cases produced.

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-OC
 

"A very complex and powerful chardonnay with ripe-nectarine, lemon and grapefruit aromas, laced with cool, stony notes, as well as flint and attractively restrained oak. The palate has mouthwatering, intense fruit with such attractively concentrated, pithy-grapefruit and white-peach flavors with beautifully wound flesh that pervades the crisp, long and gently toasty finish. Really superb chardonnay. Drink or hold."

97 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

346 cases produced.

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$95.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-EGW
 

"The 2016 VGW soars from the glass with aromas of white flowers, stone fruits, minerals, and salinity. On the palate there is amazing precision, depth, and focus with every detail of the wine in prefect proportion. Quite frankly we were blown away of how good this wine is and it put many a new world and old word Chardonnay to shame. Drinkable now, but it should age for up to a decade if you can keep your hands off. A tour de force Chardonnay!" - Greg Koslosky, Envoyer Fine Wines

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0016CH-VGW
 

A rare Hyland single vineyard Chardonnay selection from 1979 Wente clone plantings, this wine is herbal and savory with a gripping saline texture. 

32 cases produced.

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$125.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-HY
 
 

"A super fine nose, this is strikingly pure chardonnay with lemon cream, grapefruit, flint and wet stones on offer with a mouthwateringly intense palate that offers a phenomenally powerful and yet very tightly focused palate that delivers a succulent impression. Grapefruit pervades the rich, suave and commanding finish. Exceptional length and finesse. Drink over the next six to eight years."

97 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

65 cases produced.

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-SS
 

"A mirror image of Coche Dury. Yes, we know this is a strong statement that the OO Wines EGW Chardonnay is a mirror image of Coche Dury, but these were not my words, but those of our customers after tasting this wine last weekend." - Greg Koslosky, Envoyer Fine Wines

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0016CH-EGW
 

Sourced from Block B3 in Chehalem Mountain Vineyard, this old vine Wente clone single vineyard Chardonnay is rare, sleek, and crisp.

30 cases produced.

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SKU: 0017Ch-CM
 

Produced from a rare Mendoza clone (A7) grown in Jory and Nekia volcanic soils in the Eola-Amity Hills, this single vineyard Chardonnay is tropical and spicy with hints of za'atar and a gripping texture.

100 cases produced. 

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-ES
 
 

"A very complex and powerful chardonnay with ripe-nectarine, lemon and grapefruit aromas, laced with cool, stony notes, as well as flint and attractively restrained oak. The palate has mouthwatering, intense fruit with such attractively concentrated, pithy-grapefruit and white-peach flavors with beautifully wound flesh that pervades the crisp, long and gently toasty finish. Really superb chardonnay. Drink or hold."

97 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

19 cases (of 6 Magnums per case) produced.

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$210.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-EGW-M
 

"This offers ripe-pineapple and lime-juice aromas, as well as white peaches and wet stones, in a very expressive mode. The palate has a very smooth core of mellow, cashew nuts and white peaches with some very assertive and dense, fleshy-peach and praline notes to close. Drink or hold."

97 points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com Oregon 2019 Tasting Report

51 cases (of 6 Magnums per case) produced.

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$165.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-VGW-M
 

Produced from an Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard that is so famous we couldn't use it on the label, we decided to name this single vineyard Chardonnay after our founder Chris Hermann's father Richard. Dr. Richard Hermann was a world-renowned plant geneticist specializing in the Douglas Fir tree. Thanks to his blessing, 00 Wines was founded in 2015, when Dr. Hermann was 91 years old. 

32 cases produced.

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$150.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-RHC
 

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