Nestled in Oregon's Willamette Valley, this prestigious label has quickly become synonymous with luxurious American Chardonnay, often spoken in the same breath as legendary names such as "Roulot" and "Coche Dury". In a past few years, the 00 Wines team has expanded into Burgundy and Champagne, aimed at representing these three best regions in the world for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A story began by savoring David Lett’s exclusive Eyrie Vineyards wines and a deep appreciation for white Burgundy, made the couple to believe the potential of Oregon, a region echoing the climate and latitude of Burgundy. Since 2015, their visionary approach has transformed vineyards at Seven Springs, Chehalem Mountain, Eola Springs, Hyland, and Open Claim into thriving sources of exquisite Burgundian quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
“Reminding many of the wines of Coche-Dury.”
by Charles Curtis MW, Decanter on the 00 Wines Chardonnays
EGW Chardonnay 2021 (96 Points Jeb Dunnuck)
Made from a blend of Dijon and Wenty clones. 51% lightly toasted, fine grained new oak from Damy and Chassin. The wine is precise with dense structure on the palate. The nose is aromatic with orange peel, ripe grapefruit and fresh sourdough characters.
VGW Chardonnay 2021 (94 Points Jeb Dunnuck)
Made from a blend of Seven Springs, Chehalem Mountain, Hyland vineyards. 29% lightly toasted, fine grained new oak and 17% one year old barrels from Damy and Chassin. The wines offers an expressive nose of white floral and green orchard characters, the palate is angular with balance acidity and well integrated flavours.
VGR Pinot Noir 2021 (93 Points Jeb Dunnuck)
Made from a blend of Shea, Chehalem Mountain and a secret vineyard. The wine is fermented in amphora and matured in 11% lightly toasted, fine grained new oak for 18 months. The wine is aromatic with characters of red berries, spices and fresh roasting herbs. The palate is textual with ample acidity and delicate tannin structure.
In the capable hands of dynamic powerhouse winemakers Wynn Peterson-Nedry and the Pierre Millemann, the 00 Wines team has relentlessly pushed the boundaries of excellence, setting new standards in the Oregon wine industry.
The team employs the historical “Black Chardonnay” or pre-oxidation technique where aggressive oxidation pre-fermentation and foot crushing, revealing a rich palette of aromas and flavors encapsulated within the grape skins and seeds. This technique builds extract and phenolic structure with an antioxidant character, resulting in a Chardonnay that resonates with the aromatics and texture of the best white Burgundies.
Pinot Noir berries are destemmed by hand and fermented in 500L terracotta amphora from Tuscany naturally. The goal is to accentuate the purity of Oregon fruit with micro-oxygenation effects of amphora fermentation in order to produce a ripe, structured, finesse-driven style without high alcohol levels. Ageing occurs in a combination of vessels (228L-500L) including 25% new, tight-grained, lightly toasted barrels sourced from the acclaimed cooperages François Frères, Chassin and Damy.
“This is about pushing Chardonnay to its capacity.”
by Chris Hermann, 00 Wines
2017 Clos des Papes • Chateauneuf du Pape
He blends grapes from his different plots to co-ferment in large vats, after which he then re-blends in to large 20-55 hectoliter wooden foudres (casks) to mature for 15 months. New or small barrels are never used, “I like the oak to make an indirect impact – I only want tannins from the grape skins not even the pips and certainly not the stalks” says Avril. And though it may not be widely known, this domaine has been buying corks from the same producer in Portugal ever since 1926!
The wines are no doubt enticing, garnering great praise from many publications and critics such as Wine Spectator who awarded their 2005 vintage as “Wine of the Year”, stating that “in the Southern Rhône's recent trio of great vintages starting with 2003, no other Châteauneuf-du-Pape domaine has produced better wines than Clos des Papes”. But the accolades don’t stop there, as Robert Parker followed on to pronounce the 2007 vintage “the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape made since 1978 and 1990”.
We at Ginsberg+Chan are extremely proud to be the exclusive distributors of Clos des Papes, and with good volumes of both red and white back vintages too, we can ensure you a wide range of drinking windows for your cellar.
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