Chardonnay "Staking Claim"

Oregon, United States

In 2017, after several warm and early years, we saw the pendulum swing back towards a classic Oregon vintage. Following a wet and cold winter, we saw the first signs of bud break in the third week of April, perfectly in line with our historical average. Our flowering window, in the second half of June, was warm and dry. While we had several extreme heat spikes and a few periods with wildfire smoke, the vintage took shape beautifully. The first fruit was picked on September 12, immediately followed by a drop to normal temperatures and a small rain event. The skies cleared, the fruit dried out, and we completed a gorgeous harvest in the second week of October.

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