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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

"This offers ripe-pineapple and lime-juice aromas, as well as white peaches and wet stones, in a very expressive mode." - Nick Stock

 

TEXSOM International Wine Awards, Judges' Selection Medal, US Oregon White Wine
97 points JamesSuckling.com
95 points Somm Journal
94 points Wine Enthusiast,
Editors Choice
92 points Wine Advocate

 

1050 cases produced.

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$75.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-VGW
 

"The medium-bodied palate is tensile with toasty fruits and that signature 00 silkiness, finishing long and textured." - Erin Brooks

 

97 points JamesSuckling.com
92 points Wine Advocate
92 points Wine Enthusiast 
 

32 cases produced.

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-OC
 

"This has the mineral, nutty character of a great white Burgundy, with Oregonian flesh and power." - Erin Brooks

 

TEXSOM International Wine Awards, Silver Medal
97 points JamesSuckling.com
96 points Somm Journal
95 points Wine Enthusiast,
Editors Choice
94 points Wine Advocate
 

 

346 cases produced.

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$95.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-EGW
 

"This has attractive freshness with aromas of lemons, brulée custard and fresh, cedary wood, leading to a very fresh and lithe palate that has clarity of fruit and good textural grip and cut at the finish." - Nick Stock

 

95 points JamesSuckling.com
92 points Wine Advocate

 

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." - Nick Stock

 

TEXSOM International Wine Awards, Silver Medal
97 points JamesSuckling.com
93 points Wine Advocate
93 points Wine Enthusiast

 

65 cases produced.

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-SS
 

"The medium-bodied palate balances mineral character and tensile energy with savory flesh, finishing long and nuanced." - Erin Brooks

 

92+ points Wine Advocate

 

100 cases produced.

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$125.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-BH
 

"Let your imagination soar—there is seemingly no end to this splendid bottle." - Paul Gregutt

 

98 points JamesSuckling.com
97 points Wine Enthusiast,
Editors Choice
 

50 cases produced.

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$175.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-FHC
 

"The 2017 Chardonnay Chehalem Mountain is a stunning wine." - Erin Brooks.

 

96 points Wine Advocate
95 points JamesSuckling.com
94 points Wine Enthusiast 

 

30 cases produced.

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$125.00
 
SKU: 0017Ch-CM
 
 

"Medium-bodied and über silky, spindle-like in its ability to run the gamut from precise stony character to open, fleshy, honeyed fruits and back again, with laser-like focus and a very long, layered finish. This is gorgeous!" - Erin Brooks

 

95 points Wine Advocate

 

100 cases produced. 

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$115.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-ES
 
$325.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-F-CC
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"This stunning example hews to the rich, ripe, opulent house style that carries across all of its Chardonnays." - Paul Gregutt

 

96 points Wine Enthusiast
95 points Wine Advocate
94 points JamesSuckling.com

 

32 cases produced.

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$150.00
 
SKU: 0017CH-RHC
 

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