2014 Le Pacte Jewett Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

Le Pacte, the French word for pact, refers to the historical agreement signed between the Larsen family and President McKinley in 1899. These Norwegian settlers have been growing apples, strawberries and cherries at this site for over 100 years. But it wasn’t until the early 1990s that Don Larsen decided to establish Jewett Creek Vineyard with the introduction of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is situated at an elevation of over 1,100 feet near the small town of White Salmon, Washington. Lying at the foot of an extinct volcano called Underwood Mountain, the vines benefit from a gently sloped terrain, cooler mean-average temperatures and 40 inches of annual rainfall. The light-reddish, volcanic, clay-loam soils are referred to as “Underwood Series.” 100% organically grown, dry-farmed Wente clone Chardonnay

Le Pacte exhibits a highly expressive nose of apricot blossoms, honeydew melon, oyster shell, crème fraîche, and spice cake. There is great mid-palate weight with flavors of white peach, apricot, minerals, shortbread cookie, balanced acidity and a long persistent finish. Try this wine with seafood, poultry, veal, foie gras, braised pork and soft fully ripened cheese.

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2014 Clos Pierre White Salmon Vineyard Chardonnay

Clos Pierre, from the French, is a term used for a rock walled vineyard. The history of White Salmon Vineyard site dates back to the late 1800s when settlers planted wine grapes here to be sold down the Columbia River. Original vines still exist, nestled along the original rock wall which serves as an entrance to our Chardonnay block. Present day White Salmon Vineyard was founded by Peter Brehm who began planting various clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the early 1990s. The vineyard lies on a rocky, east-facing bench 550 feet above Columbia River and benefits from a cool maritime influence. Soils are a combination of “McElroy Series”, exhibiting gravelly loam and “Underwood Series” with light-reddish, volcanic, clay-loam soils. Dijon 76 and 96 clones are sourced from here. 100% organically grown, dry-farmed Chardonnay

The wine displays fresh aromas of white peach, acacia blossom, cloves and lychee nut with a hint of wood toast. This wine exhibits rich, full-bodied flavors of pear, tangerine, lemon oil and salty minerals with extraordinary length. An incredibly complex wine that will be approachable in its youth, yet gracefully age. Pair this wine with lobster, pork, chicken, mildly spicy foods, smoked trout and hard, aged cheeses.

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2014 Les Chênes Phelps Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Les Chênes or "The Oaks" in French, refers to the indigenous white oak trees that are still scattered throughout the vineyard. Located outside of Hood River, Oregon, Phelps Creek Vineyard continues to raise the bar for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Praise is due in part to a true Burgundy-like climate and long-time vigneron consultant, Alexadrine Roy of Gevrey-Chambertin. Original plantings of Pommard clone Pinot Noir date to 1990. Elevation ranges from 950–1,200 feet with an average annual rainfall of 36 inches. The soil described as “Oak Grove Loam” is comprised of deep, ancient volcanic soils that have a unique reddish color. We source Dijon 115 and Pommard clones. Classically, wines from here express a spicy note often described as “pipe tobacco.” 100% organically grown, dry-farmed Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir reveals a rich and seductive nose of leather, boysenberry, pipe tobacco, fresh morels, cedar and rose petals. This gives rise to broad flavors of black cherry, anise, red currant, fine grain tannins and a balanced acidity. The finish is focused, elegant and long. Youthful upon release, but with vast aging potential. This wine pairs well with salmon, duck, chicken, lamb, roast pork, wild mushrooms, stews and mild, firm cheeses.

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