2018 Chardonnay Belle Pente Vineyard
The 2018 vintage of our Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay is a great example of the potential for Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Initial notes of almond, clover honey and honeysuckle open up into juicy yellow plum, lychee, and clementine. The wine widens on the palate and then is brought to a potent mineral finish like wet stones and oyster shell. This vintage is a little riper and deeper than others we've made, and it brings the grape's Burgundy roots to mind, like an approachable Auxey-Duresses or Saint Romain. The racy minerality continues to unfold with air and carries through the long, vibrant finish. All of the features of this outstanding vineyard work in concert to impart a riveting, tight-rope tension to the wine that suggests it's only just beginning to come into its own and will improve for several years in the cellar.