The grapes were hand-picked into small crates to protect the berries from being crushed in the field. After a gentle pressing the juice was allowed to settle for a couple of hours and was then transferred by gravity into oak barrels. The alcoholic fermentation started naturally. The malolactic fermentation was completed later in the spring. The wine has no residual sugar.
A long dry summer resulting in a small crop with highly concentrated flavors. Grapes were perfectly ripe, healthy and delicious.
This 1999 is the fourth vintage of Chardonnay offered by Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The quantity remains very limited, as only a few acres of Chardonnay are in production. The liquid gold we are getting out of these few acres is stunningly good year after year. Brilliant and luminous color. Intense and lovely aromatic nose. Bright fruit and haselnut flavors. Rich, full-bodied, ample on the palate. Good acidity and a very long, complex finish.