Irvine and Roberts Chardonnay 2018

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Notes from the Winery: 

Our Estate vineyard is planted at the convergence of the Cascade and
Siskiyou mountain ranges at the southern end of the Rogue Valley AVA, on
ancient ocean sandstones mixed with prehistoric river deposits. At 2,100
feet in elevation, cool mountain air moderates temperatures throughout
the growing season, ensuring ripe flavors and balanced textures.

The 2017 vintage yielded wines with complex depth of fruit flavor,
well-developed tannins, lower alcohols and overall textural harmony. A
moderate and rainy spring gave way to a warm, beautiful early summer,
which contributed to consistently even yields. A warm August contributed
to generous fruit character, while cooler temperatures in September
allowed for optimum phenolic ripeness and acid balance.

Each individual Chardonnay clonal block is picked separately by hand
and pressed gently as whole clusters, taking extreme care to preserve
delicate aromas and ensure elegant texture. Alcoholic and malolactic
fermentations are conducted in barrel, using an assortment of specifically
selected organic yeast and bacteria strains. When appropriate, the yeast
lees are stirred to encourage creaminess on the palate.
Our Chardonnay lots age in the barrels they were fermented in: a curated
selection of French coopers using very tight grained wood with medium to
medium long toast levels. 28% of the barrels were new, and this wine was
aged in barrel for approximately 15 months before bottling.
Our Estate blocks of Chardonnay were planted in 2007 and 2012.

Tasting Notes
Rogue Valley, Oregon
Expansively aromatic, with notes of crisp peach, lilac, granite, sunflower,
and tarragon. A precise and elegant palate with juicy acid draws you into a
vibrant, up-tempo finish.