VGW Chardonnay 2019
VGW stands for “Very Good White,” and it’s 00 Wines calling card. Comprising four vineyards and three Dijon Chardonnay clones (plus the Mendoza clone), it’s wonderfully balanced—rich yet bright, lush yet tense, showing both structure and texture. A blend of four vineyards and three Dijon clones (as well as the Mendoza clone), VGW manages to be many things at the same time: rich, but bright; lush, but with tension; structured, and textural. This is the winery’s calling card and largest production cuvée.
- Brand:00 Oregon
- Sub-Region:Willamette Valley
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- Climate:The Willamette Valley is one of the coolest winegrowing regions in North America, and while enjoying extended daylight hours during the growing season, albeit a high diurnal shift to cooler nights. Through the rest of the year the region is relatively mild, with cool, wet winters, and warm dry summers. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences of the Pacific ocean, make the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes. 2018 began with a mild winter followed by a cool spring and a late start to bud break. The 2018 summer was moderate and dry compared to recent vintages, resulting in low heat stress and no disease pressure. The 2018 harvest was prolonged with perfect conditions.
- Harvest Technique:Hand harvested
- Soil:volcanic soils
- Fermentation:The “black Chardonnay method” employs foot crushing, overnight skin contact, and a long press cycle. The juice goes into the barrel immediately and fermentation occurs spontaneously.
- Elevage:12 months in 20% new french oak, followed by 6 months in stainless steel on the fine lees, without any bâttonage. Cooperage is 25% Damy, 50% Cadus, and 25% Mercurey.
- Winemaker Name:Pierre Millman
- Finning & Filtration:None
- Scores:92 RP
- Producer Website:https://www.00wines.com/
- Total Production:1,256
- Sustainable Certificates:00 Wines' grower-partners use organic farming practices.