2018 The Four Graces Chardonnay, Willamette Valley
The 2018 Willamette Valley Chardonnay is a fantastic wine with beautiful, bright aromas of fresh melon, lemon zest and coconut. The palate has a lively entry full of citrus notes that transition into a creamy mid palate. The finish is soft with a lingering minerality.
9 months in French oak, 15% new
The 2018 vintage started with a relatively mild spring with average rain fall. What was surprising was the lack of rain in the early summer. 2018 happened to be one of the driest summers on record in the Dundee Hills AVA and the Willamette Valley. Fortunately, although we were drier than normal, temperatures stayed modest. As we came into fall and time to harvest, the dry conditions continued and we were able to pick the Chardonnay when we wanted to.
The grapes for The Four Graces Chardonnay are sourced from the Eola Springs Vineyard within the Willamette Valley. This vineyard is planted predominantly with Pinot Noir with only a small portion dedicated to Chardonnay vines. The vineyard displays several different soil types with a variety of elevations that bring unique characteristics to our wine.