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A beautiful example of premium Willamette Valley Chardonnay, with bright fruit notes and a crisp acidity. Smooth and velvety, but never buttery on the finish, unlike hotter climate Chardonnays.
The natural pear aromatic from the vineyard shines through, along with vanilla and brioche aromatics. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp. Flavors include green apple, and Bosc pear, with a lemon creme texture on the finish. In the cellar it will mellow and evolve for at least a decade.
We have less than an acre of Chardonnay planted on our vineyard, and produce only a couple of hundred cases a year. All of our Chardonnay is aged in French oak puncheons; 500 liter barrels that are about 2.5x the capacity of a normal 60 gallon wine barrel. We use one new and one neutral puncheon each year. The larger barrels provide a bit less oak contact, giving our Chardonnay a beautiful creamy note, while keeping the wine crisp and bright, and never buttery.
Lenne's Chardonnay is made by winemaker Drew Voit, in collaboration with our winemaker Steve Lutz.