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2017 Westmount Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Toasty | Tropical | Alive

A chardonnay that punches well above its weight class. Rich aromas of vanilla custard, cedar wood, sweet butter bread, and lemon meringue ooze out of the glass. On the palate, it tastes opulent yet refined with exceedingly creamy notes adding weight and structure. It’s crisp and refreshing with Meyers lemon notes and boasts great energy and tension.


Technical Notes

  • Harvest:9.23.2017
  • Avg Brix at Harvest: 23.6
  • pH: 3.45
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Grapes: Chardonnay
  • AVA: Willamette Valley
  • Case Production: 500

The Vintage

Calm, Cool, Collected

2017 was a return to normal for the Willamette Valley after three consecutive warm vintages. The season started with a cool and wet March, April and May, which pushed bloom back to late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Warm and dry conditions prevailed through the summer months creating the ideal situation for steady vine growth and fruit ripening.

As with all classic Oregon vintages, it came down to September and October. September heat waves can shrivel fruit, which forces an early harvest and brings the wines out of balance. 2017 did not disappoint. Two early September rain events refreshed the soils, giving the vines a boost to extend the growing season and build complexity. The first fruit harvested was in the third week of September. Calm and cool weather allowed for an easy pace of harvest through October. Pure, delicate and vibrant wines with intriguing structure were the result.


 

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