2020 Chehalem Estate Pinot Blanc
We are so excited to share our 2020 Pinot Blanc, the first release from our newest vineyard, Chehalem Estate. The perfect addition to our white wine line-up, the aromatics jump out of the glass with a punch. Full, lush floral notes are lifted by aspects of pear and lemon with a hint of Turkish delight candies. The mouthwatering palate is balanced with a soft texture from neutral oak barrels, which leaves a minerality note on the finish.
The 2020 vintage started like a classic, cool-climate Oregon growing season. A cold spike and rain event during bloom created a historically low fruit set. Summer was moderate, and the clusters growing on the vines were extremely small with tiny berries bursting with flavor. As harvest was starting in early September, a freak windstorm created wildfires putting the vintage in jeopardy. We persisted because of our conviction for the fruit’s quality and our belief in our winemaking team’s ability. The resulting 2020 wines are dense with layers of aromatics and structure. Despite challenges, the 2020 wines are beautiful.