2020 Chehalem Chardonnay Unoaked Inox
2020 Chehalem Chardonnay Unoaked Inox The palate of this 2020 vintage is delicate with a soft weight that carries a vibrant fruit throughout the finish. 100% Chardonnay, 61% Estate Grown. 100% stainless steel fermented and aged Chardonnay, this is a perfect example of the range of this varietal. Soft and elegant aromatics of white flower, honeysuckle, and lychee are heightened with a hint of fresh citrus zest.
Chehalem is considered a vineyard winery, aiming to reflect what the vineyard has produced, purely, with minimal processing and without compromising great fruit. Their name, Chehalem, translates to Valley of Flowers in the Native American language, Calapooia. It’s their goal to follow the example set centuries ago: to treat the land with great care and to continue the mission of creating a sustainable future.
Their story starts in 1990 with the inaugural Pinot Noir harvest at Ridgecrest Vineyard. As those wines were releasing in 1993, Bill Stoller joined as co-owner. He subsequently purchased his family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee with the vision of planting it as our second estate vineyard.
In 1995, they purchased Corral Creek, the vineyard surrounding the winery. It became the third estate vineyard.
In early 2018, Bill became the sole owner of Chehalem, and by July, they had become the sixth Oregon winery to achieve B Corp status. This rigorous certification assesses companies to ensure they meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.