2015 "Celilo Vineyard" Chardonnay
Celilo Vineyard (100%) is located in the Columbia Gorge Appellation. The dry-farmed Celilo Vineyard continues to bring elegance, grace and balance which allowing this incredible chardonnay to express a very definite sense of place. This is just our second Celilo Vineyard designated chardonnay since the 2001 vintage.
This 2015 Chardonnay was produced entirely from Wente Clone chardonnay. The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and whole cluster pressed. The yield averaged 2.5 tons per acre with all grapes harvested by the third week of October. This incredible Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay reflects the warmer and slightly larger vintage from which it came.
This wine was fermented in 100% Sirugue French burgundy barrels. Beautifully mature flavors of pear, pineapple, and peach marry perfectly with surprisingly wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing has given delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with subtle aroma of butterscotch, spice and mineral. Finally, the oak is more understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the fruit and acidity. The texture is smooth and rich while the finish is complex, generous, and long. This wine may be consumed upon release, but it will benefit substantially with a year or two in bottle and should continue to improve for several years more with proper cellaring.