93 points Decanter: "This newcomer, a specialist in Willamette Valley Chardonnay, is producing some of the most elegant, nuanced wines in the valley. His entry-level offering in 2018 was among the brightest discoveries of my recent tastings. There are restrained citrus and floral notes upfront and a fresh, lively texture allied with a subtle density on the palate. The wines are fermented on native yeasts in a combination of large and small casks and stainless-steel tanks, then aged for 18 months. Very elegant, sophisticated wine. Drink 2020-2030 Alc 13.2%"
The ambassador. Yellow and green citrus with an accent that reminded me of the best marzipan croissant I've ever had. I adore the way this smells, moves, stretches, exemplifying what we prize in Willamette Chard. - Marcus
Tasting Notes: Aromas of wet rocks, lemon oil, lime curd, almond paste, graham, ginger, wood spice. Lively
acidity and buoyant flavors are enhanced by lacy texture and ample density, stretching out long on the finish.
Vineyard Notes: 100% Willamette Valley Chardonnay from six non-irrigated vineyards planted between 1968-2012
40% Seven Springs Vineyard – 6-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 picked 9/20/18
20% Durant Vineyard – 20-year-old Dijon 95 & 76 picked 9/10/18
15% Loubejac Vineyard – 11-year-old Dijon 96 picked 9/26 and 9/27/18
15% AlexEli Vineyard – 37-year-old Wente/108 picked 9/28/18
7% Yamhill Vineyard – 34-year-old Wente/108 picked 9/28/18
3% The Eyrie Vineyards – 50-year-old Draper selection picked 10/2/18