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2015 VGW - Chardonnay

2015 VGW - Chardonnay

A blend of south Salem hills vineyards including the grand cru quality Bunker Hill vineyard, the VGW is multilayered with a cascade of flavors and aromas that are quickly making Bunker Hill one of the most acclaimed Oregon Chardonnay vineyards. Together with Walter Scott and Lingua Franca, 00 Wines is one of only three producers to make wine with this amazing fruit. 

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Wine Specs
Willamette Valley
Bottling Date
February 27, 2017
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Production Notes
We employ a radically different method for producing the 00 chardonnays as well. Our goal is to produce low alcohol, high acidity, complex chardonnay. We pick early, around 21-22 brix, to assure high natural acidity and low alcohol in the high 12s and low 13s. We next carry out a pre-press crush and overnight maceration followed by a very long and very intense press cycle to extract maximum tannins from the chardonnay skins. The crushed juice collects in the press pan. We do not add any sulfites and within minutes the fresh juice oxidizes and turns bark brown/black. We do not remove any of the suspended solids or rack the press juice. It all goes into barrel and after fermentation concludes ages in French oak barrels for ten months before being transferred for further aging and natural finishing in stainless steel. We have about 20 new oak barrels each year. All of this produces a chardonnay with brilliant aromatics, complex powerful texture, great balance and lift in the mouth feel, a savory almost saline flavor and a captivating Raveneau like finish. These reductive wines have been described by many world class collectors and Burgundy producers as among the best US produced white wines they have ever tasted.
Winemaker Notes
Produced by Lea Lafon and Ryan Hannaford under the direction of Pierre Millemann.