2018 Hope Well Wine Chardonnay

2018 Hope Well Wine Chardonnay

Eola-Amity Hills,
Willamette Valley,
Oregon

12% alcohol

Cork closure 

125 cases produced

Organically farmed, native yeast

Owner/winemaker Mimi Casteel has spent years feeding and amending her soil, as well as increasing the diversity of her land– that work particularly paid off during the 2018 growing season when it was especially hot and dry. Her vineyard soil was able to retain more water, greatly helping the grapevines during a drought year. She picked the Chardonnay for this wine in mid-September and pressed the grapes cold, then all the juice was tanked for just one day. After that, all fermentation and aging occurred in French oak barrels, with 20% being new and the rest neutral. Barreled with the lees contributed to the weight, body, and texture of the finished wine.

Bouquet:

Tart citrus aromas of lemons and lemongrass tickled my nose as I sniffed and swirled this Chardonnay.

Palate:

I was so impressed with how this wine was both creamy and tart! Textured layered tart flavors of lemons, granny smith apples, and lemongrass enveloped my mouth. It had really nice body and weight without being oaky! It reminded me of the apple pies my grandma used to make– granny smith apples but also lemon juice and sour cream to raise the acidity yet add creaminess and a rounded mouthfeel.

Food pairing suggestions:

Crispy baked cod // spring vegetable shepherd’s pie // squid ink tortellini

Scoop up this wine deal by ordering here:

SRP $75

www.hopewellwine.com

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.

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