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Westrey Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2011


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Westrey Wines


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Review:

Derived entirely from Oracle’s 34-year-old wines, the 2011 Chardonnay has the crisp acidity and créme brulée aspect of an aged Chablis. Showing notes of baked apple, chalk and linear-minerality, this wine had deep richness on the palate due to yields of less than half a ton per acre! Truly concentrated by nature of the vintage, this wine will please now, but will hold for many years to come. Because the amount of wine was so tiny, we held the Chardonnay vintage 18 months in oak (only one barrel out of eight was new), and as a result it is drinking beautifully early, especially with food. Acidity is high, which makes this wine extremely ageworthy. Only 194 cases produced. - the winery

2010 Vintage

The newest gonzo-value in Oregon Chardonnay, Westrey's Chardonnay could best be described with one word: underpriced. Since I prefer more flowery prose, how about: a surprisingly rich and refined palate, mixing apple and pear with lemon-lime. The beautiful fruit meets clean acidity half-way for a great match. Westrey is on fire!

2010 Vintage

The Westrey Willamette Valley Chardonnay displays the classic character of the 2010 vintage. Sweet weighty fruit is balance by crisp citrusy acidity. Aromas of sweet vanilla, white peach, subtle oak and ripe pear soar from the glass, as one swirls this wine.

On the palate, the fruit is balanced by focused acidity and is filled out by toasty oak, bread dough and a hint of a slate-like mineral character. The wine has a very Burgundian balance on the palate.

2009 Vintage

From the winery - Our 2009 Willamette Valley bottling consists of 65% Justice Vineyard Chardonnay (located next to Bethel Heights Vineyard and managed by the same vineyard manager), and 35% 32 year-old Draper Selection fruit from our estate, Oracle Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills.

Each lot was vinified separately in French oak (about 25% new wood) using eight different yeasts. The wine underwent a complete malo-lactic fermentation before bottling. It was left on the lees during the aging process to add a slight yeasty character and a velvety texture. After a traditional Burgundian clarification regime during cold-stabilization, the wine was bottled in mid-September, 2010 without filtration.

410 cases produced

2008 Vintage

Westrey Willamette Valley Chardonnay 08 - Bosch pear and peach scents are accented by a hint of spice. Flavors open with Meyer lemon, then more peach and stone fruit, and a delightful Chablis-style minerality in the finish, softened by just the tiniest hint of buttery, still-warm croissant. Great value for such a special Chardonnay. - Jean

The Westrey Chardonnays are made by considering the scents, flavors, and textures of each barrel of Chardonnay in their vintage. The wine in then blended from those barrels, with each wine's style based on the characteristics that Amy and David want for the wine.

From the winery:

The wine displays the ripe and balanced character of the 2008 vintage. Sweet, opulent fruit is balance by crisp citrusy acidity. Aromas of sweet vanilla, white peach, subtle oak and ripe pear soar from the glass. On the palate, the fruit is balanced by focused acidity and is filled out by toasty oak, bread dough and a hint of a slate-like mineral character. The wine has a very Burgundian balance on the palate.

Our 2008 Willamette Valley bottling consists of 38% Dijon clone 548, 9% Dijon clone 76, 29% Dijon clone 95 from the Justice Vineyard (located next to Bethel Heights Vineyard and managed by the same vineyard manager), and 24% Draper Selection from our estate, Oracle Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills.

Each lot was vinified separately in French oak (about 25% new wood) using seven different yeasts. The wine underwent a complete malo-lactic fermentation before bottling. It was left on the lees during the aging process to add a slight yeasty character and a velvety texture. After a traditional Burgundian clarification regime during cold-stabilization, the wine was bottled in mid-September, 2009 without filtration. 251 cases produced.

2007 Vintage

Our 2007 Willamette Valley bottling consists of 29% Dijon clone 76 from the Justice Vineyard (located next to Bethel Heights Vineyard and managed by the same vineyard manager), and 71% Draper Selection from our estate, Oracle Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA.

The wine displays the ripe and balanced character of the 2007 vintage. Sweet fruit is balance by crisp lemony acidity. Aromas of sweet vanilla, white peach, subtle oak and ripe pear soar from the glass. On the palate, the fruit is balanced by citrusy acidity and is filled out by toasty oak, bread dough and a hint of a slate-like mineral character. The wine has a very Burgundian balance on the palate. Each lot was vinified separately in French oak (about 25% new wood) using seven different yeasts. The wine underwent a complete malo-lactic fermentation before bottling. It was left on the lees during the aging process to add a slight yeasty character and a velvety texture. The wine was bottled in mid-September, 2008 without filtration or cold-stabilization and may have a small amount of sediment in the bottle. - the winery

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