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Kramer Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley Dijon Clone Barrel Select 2005

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The Dijon clones of chardonnay ripen much earlier than the original clones used in Oregon. They were introduced in the 1990’s. The fruit has more intense flavor and consistency from vintage to vintage. These grapes are from two different blocks: our original planting of grafted vines located on a ridge where the plants have struggled to survive and the other from an area field-grafted over from 108 to Dijon in 2000. The 2005 vintage was a cool one. Winemaking: The grapes were whole cluster pressed (no crushing) and the juice racked into small French Oak barrels which were individually inoculated with measured amounts of yeast and nutrient. After fermentation was completed, malolactic bacteria was added to soften the acid. It usually goes to sleep during wintertime only to awaken in the spring due to increased ambient temperatures. The wine stayed on lees which was stirred periodically until June when blending occurred encouraging malo to complete. The wine is bottled in September. Food matching: This is a delightful wine to pair with fish and seafood. Chicken and white meats would also work--especially with cream sauces. Statistics: Harvest Date: 10/7 & 10/18, 2005 Bottling Date: September 14, 2006 Alcohol 13.1% Lot size: 184 cases

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Kramer Vineyards:
Located 30 miles west of Portland in the northern part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, our wines are made from grapes grown sustainably in our estate vineyard. Our goal is to produce wines that are true expressions of varietal, vineyard, and vintage. We believe this is achieved through a combination of sustainable viticulture practices and a winemaking philosophy that is driven by the flavor... Read more
Located 30 miles west of Portland in the northern part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, our wines are made from grapes grown sustainably in our estate vineyard. Our goal is to produce wines that are true expressions of varietal, vineyard, and vintage. We believe this is achieved through a combination of sustainable viticulture practices and a winemaking philosophy that is driven by the flavor profile and composition of the fruit at harvest. We produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, Carmine, sparkling, rosé, and dessert wines. Our tasting room is welcoming and includes a deck and patio very popular for tasting.  We have a menu to pair with the wines. Read less

The Dijon clones of chardonnay ripen much earlier than the original clones used in Oregon. They were introduced in the 1990’s. The fruit has more intense flavor and consistency from vintage to vintage. These grapes are from two different blocks: our original planting of grafted vines located on a ridge where the plants have struggled to survive and the other from an area field-grafted over from 108 to Dijon in 2000. The 2005 vintage was a cool one. Winemaking: The grapes were whole cluster pressed (no crushing) and the juice racked into small French Oak barrels which were individually inoculated with measured amounts of yeast and nutrient. After fermentation was completed, malolactic bacteria was added to soften the acid. It usually goes to sleep during wintertime only to awaken in the spring due to increased ambient temperatures. The wine stayed on lees which was stirred periodically until June when blending occurred encouraging malo to complete. The wine is bottled in September. Food matching: This is a delightful wine to pair with fish and seafood. Chicken and white meats would also work--especially with cream sauces. Statistics: Harvest Date: 10/7 & 10/18, 2005 Bottling Date: September 14, 2006 Alcohol 13.1% Lot size: 184 cases

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