2021 Dundee Hills Chardonnay
This wine opens with ample aromas of wet stone and lemon tart. Firm vibrancy braces the palate, conveying tension alongside satisfying flavors of persimmon and starfruit. The finish is clean and taut with fading plusher fruit flavors lingering on the palate. Though intriguing now, this wine should unravel in complexity for years to come.
The 2021 growing season was warmer than average in the Willamette Valley, producing beautifully ripe fruit with vibrant flavors. A dry spring led to lingering rain showers during bloom, which reduced the yield in some blocks. Then, an abnormal heatwave spread across the valley, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, the fruit prospered as high temperatures occurred between bloom and véraison when berries were hard and less sensitive to damage. Temperatures tapered off prior to harvest, with warm days and cool nights, which allowed the fruit to ripen at an even and slower pace. Quick yet seemingly smooth, harvest started on August 21 with little to no breaks until we finished on September 26. The resulting wines are balanced with focused flavors, stunning fruit, gorgeous vibrancy, and incredible aging potential.