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Columbia Gorge, Oregon
Phelps Creek is nestles amongst the foothills of Mt. Defiance at 1200 feet elevation and is the most westerly vineyard on the Oregon side of the Columbian Gorge AVA. Established in 1990, their small boutique winery focuses on estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals, annually producing 5,000 cases of wine in total. Vineyard care takes center stage in their wine production, where sustainable agricultural practices combined with careful management of the fruit yields on the vines lead to the noted luxurious intensity within the bottle.
Phelps Creek Chardonnay is a combination of Dijon, Wente and Davis clones. Harvesting from our estate, the fruit is full cluster gentle pressed, then elevage in 10% French oak barrels to enhance texture. The second picking is slightly later as the high elevation fruit is slower to ripen. In barrel, the wine undergoes Batonnage and Malolactic Conversion to approximately 50%.
A light yellow and gold hue, aromas of citrus, apple and white melon. The cool climate cultivation results in beautiful acid balance, while volcanic soils add spice and mineral elements. A well rounded balanced wine.