2017 La Belle Promenade Chardonnay
92 Points James Suckling & 92 Points International Wine Report
This wine opens with an alluring nose and palate showcasing peach, white flowers, minerality and the signature mouthwatering saline-like character that we have come to expect from this bottling. A well integrated use of French and Austrian oak adds spice and a pronounced confectionery texture to this complex wine ending with a long, lingering finish.
100% La Belle Promenade Vineyard AVA: Chehalem Mountains • Elevation: 700-820 Ft. • Exposure: North East/ South West Soils: Volcanic (Saum/ Nekia) • Clones: 76 & 95 • Native Yeast Fermentation Farming Practices: Dry farmed/ Organic Principles - La Belle Promenade is 33 acres of mainly Saum and some Nekia 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, Flanerie. - Our youngest vineyard, this estate is planted to 33 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier on Saum, Nekia and, on the western portion, a thick layer of fractured basalt.
Bottled September 2018 | Whole Cluster Pressed | 3.33 pH | T.A. 6.1 | 12.9% ABV | 12 Months in Oak Barrels (24% New) | 100% Chardonnay
Only 377 Cases Produced