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2020 ¡Salud! Chardonnay Cuvée | Oregon Wine, Willamette Valley

Chehalem Winery

2020 ¡Salud! Chardonnay Cuvée

Four 12-Bottle Cases  |  Sold By The Case  |  $800 Starting Bid
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Wine Notes: 

One 12-bottle case of Chehalem ¡Salud! Cuvée Chardonnay

The 2020 vintage will be one of the most memorable in our history. Rainfall during bloom coupled with cool temperatures set the stage for a historically low fruit set. The summer was delightfully moderate, and by the end of August, concentrated juice from tiny grape berries was intense with robust flavors.

Harvest kicked off on August 28 and continued beautifully through Labor Day. Then, we experienced a freak windstorm that resulted in wildfires due to hot temperatures and arid conditions. Our team decided to continue with harvest to preserve our grapes’ most honest and elegant expression, leveraging decades of winemaking expertise and cutting-edge techniques in doing so. We are fortunate to have achieved our quality standards despite the challenges presented.

The Stoller Vineyard always presents the perfect combination of what I like to see in Chardonnays regardless of what style of Chardonnay we’re trying to make. There is a beautiful natural tension on the palate, but it goes beyond just the presence of acid. There’s an energy to it that gives the wine length and vibrancy. The aromatics are delicate and nuanced, showcasing gorgeous varietal characteristics of the Chardonnay grape.

– Katie Santora

Vineyards:

Planted in 1995 to 10-acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Stoller Vineyard was our second estate vineyard. Today, it is the largest contiguous vineyard in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA and home to our sister winery, Stoller Family Estate. The property spans 400 acres of volcanic soils, with 225 acres dedicated to growing vines at elevations ranging from 220 to 640 feet. Of that, Chehalem works with eight acres for our chardonnay programs and Stoller Pinot noir vineyard designate.

Winemaking:

Our goal is to be as transparent as possible and let the fruit speak for itself with minimal winemaking imprint. Our job is to guide the wine into what it wants to be rather than shaping it into something it is not. Our eye is always to make what the vineyard gives us. For our uniquely crafted 2020 ¡Salud! Chardonnay Cuvée, the wine was aged in both new and neutral French oak barrels for 10 months. Then, the wine is blended with lees and put back to tank to marry for an additional five months before it will be bottled.

Release Date:

April 2022

Visit Us At:

www.chehalemwines.com

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