Tan Fruit Sophie's Vineyard Chardonnay 2021
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From the northern part of the Umpqua Valley. Surrounded by timber land, Sophie's vineyard sits on a steep south slope in the Yoncalla Hills with a strong influence from the Pacific Ocean and near constant breeze. An excellent south facing site combined with Draper and Wente selections, the vineyard seems to be on auto-pilot. Sheep roam the vineyard eating leaves and trimming in-row. The cows bust in to select shoots and regulate the crop level any chance they get. Very much Draper selection on the nose with salty air and coiled acidity. The Willakenzie soil also adds to the subtle nature and exaggerates the minerality. Very vibrant and even boney (Saint-Aubin like) until the fat layers of yellow orchard fruit fan out toward the finish.