2018 Wits' End Chardonnay
ABOUT THE WITS' END VINEYARD
Purchased in 1987, the Wits’ End vineyard drapes down the southwestern slope of the Chehalem Mountain Range at 400’ elevation. Situated among stands of native trees and two natural springs, the property is a quintessential Willamette Valley landscape, teeming with wildlife—including owls and hawks, coyotes and even cougars. Having anticipated this site as a perfect spot for vines, the Soles’ began planting their vineyard in 2001 to Pinot Noir. Then, in 2013, they expanded it to a total of 20 planted acres, adding a block of Chardonnay in the process. Today, the property stands as testament to nearly 30 years of Willamette Valley vineyard know-how. The clonal selection is outstanding and cutting edge. The vineyard is densely planted on blonde marine sedimentary soil, derived from old ocean floor sandstone and shale, and farmed for low yields. The fresh water springs on the property flow year-round, providing irrigation capability from an old water right. The Pinot noir and Chardonnay from this vineyard are truly unique and expressive, producing wines that will age.
ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight at 38˚ F in a large storage room. The chilled bunches are then pressed and the juice is sent to a tank. After settling in tank, the juice is inoculated and racked to neutral oak where is completes fermentation. After primary fermentation is complete, the young wine goes through malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and to add further complexity. Next, the wines are racked to a mix of new and neutral French oak. There they rest for at least five months before bottling.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
“On first sniff lovely hibiscus and white floral scents lead to mango, star fruit, and lime citrus. It’s also super exciting to scent mineral marble stone and vanilla in this cool climate grown Chardonnay.
Bumping up against tropical mango and melon, look for apple blossom, saltwater taffy, hint of lime zest and honey ride in the mouth and a beautiful line of minerality without being acidic. The finish is a long ride on melon core flesh. This wine will build into surprising opulence with cellaring!" -Rollin Soles, Winemaker
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