- Item #: i_208720Bottle Size: 750mlThe Wild Bee! The Wild Bee represents a shift in Big Table Farm's Chardonnay program. This wine takes the place of their Willamette Valley Chardonnay – only in name, label and price! Same vineyard sources, same winemaking, same barrels. The Wild Bee is a combination of all 6 sites of Chardonnay that they work with and is a fantastic representation of Willamette Valley Chardonnay for 2019.
At first blush this wine's aromatics offer up lemon custard and stone fruit. This is a clean bright expression of Chardonnay. It has a persistant white floral note that leads into warm toast and hazelnut – this all shows off the perfectly developed golden grapes that finish like a bite of perfectly ripe pear. The acid is fine and complex without any hard edges giving this wine tension to help you appreciate it's subtleties.
- Item #: i_277965Bottle Size: 750mlAligote, the other notable white grape of Burgundy, is experiencing a resurgence in its home as well as in the new world. Traditionally blended with Chardonnay or made into the classic Kir cocktail, this variety was exiled in 1937 to the appellation of Bouzeron where it was quietly enjoyed by the local Burgundians. In the Willamette Valley, Aligote embraces everything we love about acid, tension, and minerality, so we began searching for a great Aligoté vineyard.
The grapes are lightly crushed prior to pressing. The fermentation takes place with native yeast and is aged on its lees in two 350 liter and one 500 liter barrels for ten months. Walter Scott's Aligote holds onto 30% of its malic acid, bringing a brilliant tension to the wine.
The juxtaposition of fruit and earth on the nose is alluring. Lime leaf and lemon balm jump out of the glass on top of layers of citrus blossoms. The flinty aromatics are unmistakable and the texture of wet limestone gives this wine breadth and weight. Crunchy white peach, lime zest, and orange sherbet flavors drive the wine, while a rich, Mirabelle plum skin note completes the finish.
- Item #: i_277930Bottle Size: 750mlWalter Scott believes in Willamette Valley Chardonnay. This classic varietal has an important place in this region and at Walter Scott, not in the replication of other inspirational regions, but in its own distinctive style, with its own compelling voice. Chardonnay is a grape which is able to translate Willamette Valley's unique geology in the same way Pinot Noir can. Through thoughtful farming and cellar practices, Walter Scott strives to allow Chardonnay to reach its powerful Willamette Valley potential.
Their approach to Chardonnay pays attention to texture and structure, translating site and vintage. The La Combe Verte is fermented with 100% ambient yeast and full malolactic conversion in large barrels with very little batonnage. The wine is lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling to brighten aromatics and give a polished finish. The result is an illuminating style of chardonnay, showcasing density and precision. The palate spotlights evolving layers of textures which follow the aromatic notes of lemon blossoms, with the finish offering a subtle mineral and saline character.