Morgen Long Willamette Valley Marine Chardonnay 2018
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100% Willamette Valley Chardonnay from three, non-irrigated vineyards planted in mixed marine sediment soils between 1981-2008. (43% Loubejac, 40% AlexEli, 17% Yamhill). Hand-picked between September 26th and 28th, 2018, whole clusters from each site were each uniquely pressed and lightly sulfured after six hours of settling. Ambient yeast fermentation began in steel, 350L and 228L French oak barrels. Uninoculated malolactic completed in November and the barrels were lightly sulfured. If ambient yeasts did not re-engage, selected yeasts were employed to help finish primary fermentation. After one year of aging in 15% new 350L French oak puncheons, 40% neutral 228L barrels and 45% stainless steel, the 2018 Marine Chardonnay was blended for a second. 275 cases made.