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2016 Cuvee Constantin Chardonnay

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Robust aromas of ripe, golden orchard fruits, brown spices, and honey follow through on a round, weighty palate that is balanced with high, well integrated acidity.  15 clones of chardonnay, that have been co-planted and co-harvested, make up this wine, providing a array of characteristics and complexity. 

Bottled:  March 2018 (245 cases produced)

Alc %/ Vol:  13.6

pH: 3.21   

TA: 6.6 g/L 

Elevage:  17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new

25% La Belle Promenade Vineyard

AVA:  Chehalem Mountains  • Elevation: 700-820 Ft.  • Exposure: North East/South West

Soils:  Volcanic (Jory/ Nekia)  • Native Yeast Fermentation  • Farming Practices: Dry farmed/ Organic Principles

La Belle Promenade is comprised of 33 acres of volcanic soils, with the western portion of the site consisting of a thick layer of fractured basalt.  The vineyard was planted in 2014 to 26 acres of Pinot Noir, 5 acres of Chardonnay and 2 acres of Pinot Meunier. Due in part to its high elevation, this site allows for great diversity in concert with our other estate vineyard.

75% X-Novo Vineyard

AVA:  Eola-Amity  • Elevation:  550 Ft. • Exposure:  East/ South East • Soils:  Volcanic/ decomposed basalt •  Clones: 15 clones of Chardonnay, planted row by row, co-harvested

Native Yeast Fermentation  • Farming Practices: Sustainable

This is a beautiful site planted with a mix of clones, collected by the owner, Craig Williams, throughout his years working in California wine industry.  The finished wines from these deep Jory soils yield a vivid wine that explodes with juicy red fruit.


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