2015 Estate Chardonnay
When planting began on the estate in 1993 Paul reserved a special hillside for Chardonnay. Between 1993-1995, the steepest part of the Louise Vineyard hillside and 2.5 acres on the lowest part of the vineyard was planted to three Dijon clones of Chardonnay. The total estate acreage of Chardonnay at the time was 6.5 acres (2.63 hectares), and Cristom made two different estate Chardonnays. The two Estate Chardonnay wines were named after grandmothers, Louise and winemaker Steve Doerner’s grandmother Germaine.
Due to many reasons over the years, what was originally our largest planting of white grapes, in time, was grafted over to Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier. What remains is 0.5 acres (0.202 hectares) of Dijon (French/Bernard) clone 95 on the northern edge of Louise Vineyard entirely planted on a moderately shallow, gravelly Columbia River Basalt soil known as Ritner. The east-facing block is densely planted (2,311 vines/acre (5,710 vines/hectare)) and runs east to west down the hillside (365 ft to 320 ft (101 m to 98 m)) on a devigorating rootstock through a consistent basalt soil allowing the fruit to ripen fully and consistently.
In 2015, Cristom placed 1.377 acres (0.5574 hectares) of Chardonnay vines in the ground in the newly established Paul Vineyard named for our founder. In 2016, cuttings were taken from various 1988 plantings of Chardonnay at Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola Hills with plans to graft to American Rootstock, and plant in Paul Vineyard in 2017.