Aromas of oyster shells, wet rocks, white flowers, sweet herbs, straw, ginger and white nectarine. Polished, tight and dense, the compression of time unwinds, revealing fresh flavors with dimension and depth.
Vintage Notes: Memorie is a multi-vintage solera which blends every single Chardonnay I’ve produced from 2014- 2018. This wine investigates how time sorts distinct wines into a single expression of all. The first release (Memorie I) blends twenty-five unique lots of Willamette Valley Chardonnay from six vineyards over five successive vintages:
29% – 2018
29% – 2017
12% – 2016
29% – 2015
Vinification Notes: Memorie began with a neutral 228L French oak barrel of 2015 Yamhill Vineyard Chardonnay, which benefited from topping up from three vintages over two years in barrel on lees. After exhausting 2015 topping wine, 2014 Chardonnay from bottle kept the barrel topped until the 2016 Chardonnays were complete with primary fermentation. In August 2017, the multi-vintage wine and lees were gas racked to stainless steel. Since then, a gradual process of fractional blending has integrated every single lot of Chardonnay I have produced into one wine. In August 2017 and March 2018, Chardonnay and lees from 2016 wines increased the solera. In August 2018 and February 2019, Chardonnay and lees from 2017 wines increased the solera. In August 2019, the solera was split into a base and a wine set to bottle, and 2018 Chardonnay was gas racked to the portion set to bottle. In February 2020, Chardonnay and lees from 2018 wines increased the base of the solera, continuing the process of fractional blending. Lightly fined with bentonite, this wine was bottled without filtration after 18 to 54 months aging, in March 2020.