"It 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." - Greg Koslosky, Envoyer Fine Wines
Produced from a blend of single vineyard fermentations of Von Oehsen and Open Claim vineyards.
Von Oehsen Vineyard:
AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Elevation and Aspect: 430 ft. Southeast-facing slope
Soil Type: Volcanic Jory, Witzel and Ritner
Total Planted Acres: 18.98 acres planted in 2011.
Open Claim Vineyard:
AVA: Willamette Valley
Elevation and Aspect: 419 ft. South-facing slope
Soil Type: Sedimentary
Total Planted Acres: 20.98 acres planted in 2012.
Our Black Chardonnay production method is actually a series of steps that results in a savory, complex Chardonnay in the glass. First, we complete a pre-press crush with skin contact the night before pressing. Our extreme pressing program extracts maximum tannins from the Chardonnay grape skins. The juice in the pan is dark brown color - almost like a thick French press coffee brew with brimming with fine particulates and phenolics. 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.
The wine is cared for closely during indigenous yeast fermentation and élevage.
Produced by Alban Debeaulieu under the direction of Pierre Millemann.