2017 Oeno Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Winery

Oeno Wines is based in Sebastopol, California. This is how Amy Atwood, owner of Oeno Wines, tells her story: "I started Amy Atwood Selections (Cleanskins Wine LLC) in 2009 because I wanted to work with wines I love and winemakers I respect. After 15 years of working for other wine wholesalers and importers, my focus had shifted towards smaller production wineries, making wines more naturally. This means organic or sustainable farming, and little to zero intervention in the winery. And most importantly, the wines have to bring joy and be delicious to drink. Wine. Naturally. We are based in California." In time, Atwood noticed that the wines she liked best were Old World in style but increasingly hard to find in California. So she sought out a like-minded winemaker and started an operation to make California wine that met her preferences - perfect fruit, native yeast ferment, zero new oak, moderate alcohol. “Oeno” means wine in ancient Greek. It's also the name for the goddess known for turning water into wine. 

Wine

This understated but vibrant and refreshing Chardonnay was sourced from a Russian River vineyard planted in the 1980s called Oak Bench Block. It was designed to take advantage of a climate that features midday sun but cool, foggy nights and mornings. It has a north-south orientation and the canopy is trimmed on the morning side only. Such attention to detail is but one way value was added to this fine wine. In the winery, limited malolactic fermentation was employed in order to emphasize the fresh and pure fruit. Delicious with shellfish or light pasta dishes. 

Winemaking

60% tank and 40% barrel fermented on native yeasts. Unfined and unfiltered. 

Tasting notes

The flavors of bright citrus and luscious pear make this wine a delight. Crisp and dry throughout. 

Appellation

Russian River Valley (Sonoma)

Varietal

Chardonnay

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork