Lingua Franca BUNKER HILL Chardonnay, 2016

Lingua Franca BUNKER HILL Chardonnay, 2016

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Chardonnay from Larry Stone’s new project in Willamette Valley, Oregon

From the Winemaker:
Wine Specs
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Eola Amity Hills
Harvest Date: Early September
Aging: 20% new, 600 liter puncheons and 80% old French oak barriques for 11 months
Alcohol %: 13
Tasting Notes
The aroma is complex with layers of mineral, smoke, herbs. It has a distinctly lifted flavor and intensity. The wine is crunchy, racy and complex on the palate. A lasting finish of citrus, herbs, and white flowers concludes with flinty, mouthwatering minerality, that has intensity but floats on the tongue.
Vineyard Notes
BHV Chardonnay is exclusively from Salem’s Bunker Hill, with 20-year-old CH76 vines on pure Nekia soils at an altitude of around 800 feet. BHV, the only west facing vineyard we work with, is exposed directly to the cooling ocean winds of the Van Duzer corridor.
Production Notes
The grapes were picked to maximize freshness and tension in the finished wine. Whole cluster pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours on average, barrel fermented in a combination of 20% new, 600 liter puncheons and 80% old French oak barriques from diverse coopers and left to age for 11 months. Full malolactic fermentation completed in each vessel and then the wines were put back in tank with their lees for five months prior to bottling.