There are couple handfuls of wineries who are driving the Willamette Valley Chardonnay discussion -- and who are making the most compelling and fantastic Chards. The discussion isn't complete without the inclusion of Seth Morgen Long, whose singular path is to focus exclusively on Chardonnay. His 2017 Chards are, from top to bottom, the most diverse and dynamic range of Willamette Valley Chardonnay available.
Morgen Long's gorgeous, tiny production Chardonnays each have their own unique voice, which makes them even more impressive. The individuality in each wine shows the gentle strength of Seth's winemaking style. In 2017, his production grew to include two fantastic values, Willamette Valley and Black Label, along with an exquisite Seven Springs and phenomenal White Label. We highly, highly encourage you to grab one of his Chardonnay samplers and to load up on his WV and Black Label values...and all of them! You'll find equal parts intellectual intrigue and pure delicious enjoyment. We adore them.
How and why does a young guy decide to produce exclusively Willamette Valley Chardonnay?
Seth is an inquisitive student of Burgundy and of Willamette Valley. He's spent months in Meursault and vintages in some of our favorite Chardonnay producers' cellars.
We asked him exactly the question above, to which he answered: "I'm singular in my focus on Willamette Valley Chardonnay because I love Chardonnay, and I get that when you love what you do, something extra is more likely to come through. I see Chardonnay as a chameleon, dynamic, nuanced, multidimensional. It is capable of being grown widely and fashioned in just as many ways. And maybe this is why profound Chardonnay is all the more exciting. Chardonnay can clearly reflect where the vines grow, and how the wine is made. I appreciate that Chardonnay is greatly valued around the world, and has tremendous historical relevance and that it also feels very much at home in the soils and microclimates of the Willamette Valley. I think that the future is very bright for Willamette Valley Chardonnay!"
Seth's name is already among the cadre of Willamette Valley Chardonnay producers we hold in the highest regard: Arterberry Maresh, Bergstrom, Bethel Heights, Brick House, Cameron, Evesham Wood/Haden Fig, Eyrie, Goodfellow, Lingua Franca, Twill, Minimus, Walter Scott.
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