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Longplay Chardonnay - "Jory Slope"

Longplay Chardonnay - "Jory Slope" Wine Details

Description: Lia's Vineyard has two blocks of Chardonnay. For 2007, we worked with the upper block. This block has well-drained jory soil and we think it contributes to the wonderful spicy notes that characterize our Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay is Wente selection, which has been unfairly maligned, in our opinion. Contrary to what some may claim, it does ripen in the Willamette Valley (albeit barely) and makes a wonderful wine. Our only complaint is that yields tend to be very low, which makes for expensive fruit -- and not enough wine. We harvested on October 11, 2007, and brought in about 1.1 tons per acre. The fruit was pressed, then spontaneously fermented in neutral oak barrels where it remained for 17 months. We bottled on March 3, 2009. Only 63 cases made for the lucky few.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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