Oregon

Straight Shooter Chardonnay 2019

Winemaker:
Felipe Ramirez
Region:
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Clones:
Massal Selection
Maturation:
50% in seasoned French oak for 10 months
Analysis:
12.7% alc/vol | TA: 6.3 g/L | pH: 3.41
Fruit sampling under the moonlight
AVAs & Vineyards
The fruit for Straight Shooter was hand-harvested from selected vineyards planted in sedimentary and volcanic soils across the Willamette Valley.
Vintage
The 2019 vintage was a defining vintage. The temperatures during the growing season were much cooler than normal so patience was key. Careful sorting and extensive fruit-dropping in the vineyard was necessary to ensure that the remaining fruit ripened to full maturity. The grapes were hand sorted again once received into the winery to achieve optimal quality. With the cool conditions this year, the wines retain a wonderful acidity and great flavor development.
Winemaking
The grapes were harvested in the cold of the morning and transported to the winery. Bunches were immediately pressed and the juice was transferred to stainless steel tanks for cold settling. After being racked off solids the juice was allowed to warm naturally and was then inoculated with cold tolerant yeasts. After fermentation, 50% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to bottling.
Tasting Notes
The nose is ripe with vivid apple and fresh pear that is complemented by juicy meyer lemon and a kiss of French oak. The palate is fleshy and alive with loads of fresh citrus, créme fraiche and a touch of honey. A stand-out Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley at an incredible value.
90 pts/Editors' Choice

“This is a clean, fresh, crisp and straightforward wine. If there could be a standard issue Willamette Valley Chardonnay, this would set the mold. The nicely ripened fruit mixes green and yellow apples, citrus rind and a splash of lemon. It’s a fine choice for an everyday bottle.”

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April 2021)