Chardonnay – Reserve, Willlamette Valley
2014 was a growing season that offered great opportunities for Westrey’s high elevation vineyard. With an early bloom, and plenty of sun during the growing season, it was difficult to make balanced wines. The 38 year-old Draper vines were up to the challenge. Picking on two dates: October 6th and the 10th, ripe fruit, with excellent acidity and balanced sugar. Amy and David have consistently demanded length, richness, and balance for their Reserve wines; and this wine has it all! The hallmark of the 2014 vintage in this chardonnay is richness and pinpoint acidity. The balance between precision and richness of this wine is a celebration of a wonderful nerve-racking vintage. The concentration of sweet fruit in the wine stands out as the finish lingers with crisp acidity. This six and a half barrel lot included one new barrel (15%) and two one-year-old barrel. The wine was bottled without filtration or fining after fourteen months and will have a small amount of natural sediment in the bottle. 138 cases & 4 cases of magnums produced. 13.1% alcohol.
About the Producer
Westrey Wine Company was founded in 1993 by co-winemakers Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, along with David’s father, Robert Autrey, in Oregon’s burgeoning Willamette Valley. While getting Westrey off the ground, Amy was the General Manager and Assistant Winemaker for David Lett at the Eyrie Vineyards and then the Executive Director at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, a position to which she has recently returned. Amy and David focus on crafting elegant Pinot Noir wines, fruit-driven "Burgundian"-style Chardonnay and crisp, refreshing Pinot Gris. The wines are designed to be balanced and ageworthy, always complementing and enlivening the food with which they are served.
Sourcing fruit both from the vineyards of long-time and well respected friends in the Willamette Valley and from their own Oracle vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Amy and David use these various puzzle pieces of fruit to build complexity into their wines. Vineyard-designated bottlings are designed to showcase the connection between the individual farms where the grapes are grown and the final personality of the wine.
Farming practices: Amy and David strive to grow their grapes and make their wines using a sustainable approach. The vineyard is LIVE Certified, a credential that is earned by taking into account not only organic approaches to farming but also by considering the inputs and outputs of the farm as a whole. Through their commitment to the !Salud! program Amy and David help to provide healthcare to vineyard workers who are otherwise uninsurable. The winery currently produces approximately 4,000 to 5,000 cases annually.
MATT KRAMER: “Westrey is an exemplar of Oregon pinot noir perfectionism. Few, if any, Oregon wineries exceed Westrey in pinot noir quality, even when their prices are well in excess of anything Westrey asks.”