Hazelfern Cellars 2019 Stormy Morning Vineyard Chardonnay
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This intriguing Chardonnay starts with some huge aromatics that may be indicative of the “Black Chardonnay Method*” Hazelfern uses after the grapes are brought in at harvest. Surprisingly, the wine is almost as light in color as water, but the complex flavors of citrus fruit, volcanic rock, melon and saline minerality tell another story. This is a cool wine!
Pair this wine with Spicy Japanese Tuna Rolls with Soy Sauce or our Tuna Steak recipe.
* The “Black Chardonnay Method” has somewhat of a storied past (Google it!), but it is essentially a process that pre-oxidizes the vigorously-pressed Chardonnay clusters before the juice is fermented, the liquid turns black for a time, but then during fermentation the wine becomes crystal clear. It is said that this preserves the wine and allows it to age much longer. The handful of Chardonnays we have tasted that were done in this way have had a wonderful, distinct light-to-strong volcanic rock aroma and flavor.
We love this couple and the story of how their journey in the wine business began--in the basement of their home in Portland, Oregon!
Bryan and Laura Laing started with a 5-gallon carboy of Pinot Noir in 2006, with zero experience in the wine business, and when you taste their stellar wines, you will see that they are living proof that it doesn’t take a fancy wine degree or a ton of experience to do it right!
Eventually, the Laings bought a 5-acre farm on a gentle slope in the Chehalem Mountains AVA (a sub-region in Oregon’s Willamette Valley), where they could plant an organic vineyard, make their wines and house a tasting room in the coolest, brand-new barn. With three of those acres under vine, they will soon release wines from their own vineyard to add to the small collection of wines made from purchased fruit!
Hazelfern makes about 3,000 cases.
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