Fossil Fawn Chardonnay 2020
"Despite the apparent unfashionableness of being into Chardonnay, we are unrepentant lovers of this grape, which is finally having its renaissance in Oregon. 2019 was beautiful vintage for making the kind of Chardonnay we enjoy — a mild summer gave way to a cool fall with periods of rain. This enabled the grapes to mature slowly and develop beautiful flavor while retaining good acidity at lower sugars. We picked perfectly ripe 17-year-old Dijon clone Chardonnay from Keisha’s Vineyard, high up in the Eola Hills, and 37-year-old Draper and 108 clone Chardonnay a few days later at Sophie’s Vineyard, nestled in the western coastal foothills of the Umpqua. After a gentle pressing, we settled the juice for two days before racking into a mix of older French, Oregon, and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine fermented in barrel very slowly over nine months on its fine lees, with occasional stirring (less than 10 times total). After completing primary and secondary fermentation, the wine was racked just once more to tank for final blending before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
The barrel fermentation, although using older wood, yielded aromas of toasted coconut and brioche that wrap around the core palate of yellow plum and beeswax. The richness provided by the extended lees contact is cut through on the finish with fresh, citrusy acidity, and savory minerality."