“This wine was produced to stand the tales of time and saw no restraint in its production.”
To my taste, or for anyone who loves Chablis and Champagne, this is the best Chardonnay you can buy in Oregon under $40. It's truly representative of the high elevation dry farming and conscientious, hands-on vineyard management that is typical of Grape Ink. These wines are made in the vineyard, finished in the cellar.
Jarad's wines are one of only 3 Oregon producers I collect personally-- at least so far. The work he's doing is both inspiring and redemptive of Oregon at large.
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AVA: Willamette Valley / Tualatin Hills AVA
Rich in texture, precision and natural acidity, Grape Inks’s 2020 Chardonnay release is a wine for serious Chardonnay enthusiasts. Linda’s Vineyard is the northernmost high elevation Chardonnay vineyard in the Willamette Valley & Grape Ink is the exclusive producers of this vineyard site. Intertwined with the landscape our wine maker Jarad Hadi helped develop the vineyard from training the vines in their infancy to consulting work in 2020 adopting new growing techniques after his experiences working in top vineyards world wide. A delicate selection of french oak barrels were used for fermentation and aging.
Aged 20 months sur lie, this wine was produced to stand the tales of time and saw no restraint in its production. The wine was created on a timeline of flavor development not on a production release schedule allowing the wine to find a perfect balance between its characteristic acidity coming from grapes grown at 1000ft elevation and texture developed over its long aging process.
This wine is un-fined and unfiltered capturing the purity of its origin.