Minimus #25 Botrytis Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2017

Article number: Minimus #25 Botrytis Chehalem Mountains 2017
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Omero Cellars winemaker Chad Stock has a strong winemaking philosophy: "Be humble, work with intent, keep it clean, no additives, let the wine speak for itself." In 2011, Chad started his own label, Minimus, as a series of one-off experiments, focusing on pushing the boundaries of winemaking and viticulture by exploring the possibilities of the diverse terrors of the region. With his Minimus-labelled wines, he tries to never make the same wine twice. Although avant-garde at heart, his experimentation is respectful, exploring traditional techniques rather than hi-tech spinning cones or chemical manipulations, as well as unusual grape varieties that we seldom see on our shores. Chad keeps track of each experiment in his journal, documenting every aspect of the process including conception, implementation, vineyard site selection, and much more. Ultimately, his goal is to use these experiments to grow as a winemaker, and to some day write a craft winemaking book about the experience. #25 Botrytis chardonnay was as much a technique-driven wine as it was vintage-driven (not every year you get this kind of botrytis!) One can’t help but be drawn in by the aromas of curry spices, powdered ginger, and a melange of dried fruits. It’s texturally elegant with rounded acidity and lovely mid-palate weight. As Chad puts it, this is wine as an intellectual pursuit. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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