00 Wines Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2021
(Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon) - [IWR 98] [JD 98]
Regular price $150.00 Sale price $139.97 Save $10.03
About the winery:
- Chris and Kathy Hermann of 00 Wines (Double Zero) set out to produce the next great American Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Using the premier cool climate Chardonnay fruit in the US, and time honored artisanal white Burgundy techniques, 00 Wines has created something rare that is being set in a class alongside the greatest white wines in the world.
- They use the Black Chardonnay method of reducing premature oxidization by exposing whole cluster Chardonnay grapes to oxygen before fermentation. This causes the “must” (grape juice) to turn a dark brown or black color. During fermentation the brown pigment falls out, and what is left has extraordinary depth and texture and is more protected against oxidation in the bottle. This method is being used in Burgundy (producers like Coche-Dury and Roulot) and now in Oregon to protect the wines from premature oxidization, and potential ruination later, as the wines are aged. Using this Burgundian methodology is both daring and inspired!
- The red wines are no less interesting and rare. Sourcing fruit from iconic vineyards like Shea and Hyland, the Pinot noirs begin with a painstaking process of hand clipping berries from the cluster as opposed to more traditional destemming. This process leaves the pedicels (the piece of the stem that attaches to the berry) intact and gives fragrance and spice to the resulting wine. Once destemmed, the berries are fermented in small amphora (terra cotta fermenters used in ancient times for winemaking): an uncommon practice that, in tandem with the hand-destemming, creates wines that have fragrance and texture not achievable through contemporary techniques.
"Black Chardonnay Method" Pre-press foot crush and overnight skin contact followed by long press cycle for maximum phenolic extraction. No sulfites added to the press pan and juice immediately goes into barrel. 12 months in barrel on the lees, no bâtonnage. 6 months finished in stainless steel on the fine lees.
Barrel Program Notes: 46% New French Oak Damy
2021 was a moderate and dry growing season. With full ripeness and very good acidity, 2021 wines in the region ultimately resemble 2018 in concentration and 2014 2017 in size. Drier vintages bless us with reduced disease pressures and generally picture-perfect fruit clusters. This vintage for 00 Wines strikes the perfect balance between body and elegance.
Ratings & Reviews:
98 Points - International Wine Report:
"Chardonnay fruit that comes from the south block in Seven Springs and a new block within the Seven Springs Vineyard make up the 2021 Seven Springs Chardonnay from 00 Wines. A neon light lemon core with a silver rim shines in the glass while exploding with perfected notes of fresh Meyer lemon, sliced apple, crunchy pear, chopped hazelnuts, wet white clay, and white flower petals. I adored the dried mountain herbs on the finish. Perfect length and structure meld with the balanced acidity and lengthy finish. 258 cases made." (Mar 2023)
"A bright yellow hue, the 2021 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard is vibrant with great energy and focus, offering notes of lime zest, crushed stone, flinty earth, and white peach. Medium-bodied with outstanding electric energy throughout, it has a more linear, focused feel and a long, persistent finish. Drink it over the next 10 or more years." (Sep 2023)