Anahata Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Empty bottle weight: 22.1 ounces // 629 grams
388 cases produced
Native yeast fermentation
The growing season in 2019 was a welcome return to cooler, more classic Oregon vintages, especially after a couple of record-breaking warm ones the years prior. The Anahata Vineyard is situated in the Eola-Amity Hills and benefits from a daily weather event where cooling Pacific Ocean breezes are funneled through a gap in the Coast Range called the Van Duzer Corridor. These winds switch on each afternoon, almost like clockwork, and lower the temperature in the AVA within minutes. The affected vineyards develop grapes with higher levels of acidity and more concentrated flavors.
This vintage was the first Anahata Vineyard harvest and winemaker Isabelle Meunier gently pressed the Chardonnay fruit before allowing the grapes to spontaneously ferment rather than inoculate with commercial yeast strains. Fermentation occurred in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. The wine was bottled in March of 2021 and can definitely age for another decade in your cellar or enjoy it now. So you don’t have to choose, I suggest ordering a few bottles and do both!
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