00 sources Chardonnay grapes from some of the Willamette Valley's most notable and selective growers. This wine is made in the "Black Chardonnay" method; a process where the grape juice is exposed to a substantial amount of oxygen prior to fermentation, with no sulfites added, which turns the juice a dark brown or black color. However, once the juice is fermented, the wine turns a brilliant gold color, and it resists oxidation while in the bottle. This method is being used in Burgundy and California, and pays in spades when done correctly. The VGW bottling quite literally stands for Very Good White, and that's exactly what this is; a VERY good white wine, and it's bottled with minimal pre-bottling sulfites! This is a Chardonnay that can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best made in Burgundy, and throughout the world.
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "The 2018 Chardonnay VGW is pure and sunny with pineapple, wet rock, pear, and delicate oak spice. The palate is ripe and long, with fresh peach, orange blossom, and warming spice. This is an exceptional and layered wine with great purity to drink over the next 10-15 years."
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Chardonnay VGW has very pretty aromas of crushed apples, roasted almonds and hay with touches of dried white flowers and savory green herbs in the background. In the mouth, it's delicately styled and incredibly silky in texture, fleshing out to savory fruits and enlivened by seamless acidity on the long, lifted finish. 628 cases produced."