Commonly blended with Pinot Blanc, our 2017 is 100% Auxerrois. This grape ripens earlier than Pinot Blanc and its lovely perfume is clearly evident. Aromas of peach and fuji apple with hints of white peach are followed on the palate by broad, savory flavors of mirepoix that lead into white pepper and melon in the finish.
Zenith is centrally located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA 11 miles NW of Salem, Oregon. The grapes for this wine come from two older blocks planted on a gentle hillside on old sedimentary soil.
Vintage Notes: 2017, after three very warm and early harvests, brought a welcome change with cooler temperatures during the summer and a normal harvest window. We began picking on September 15th for sparkling wine. After a week with temperatures in the 70’s, we harvested Chardonnay between 9/22 and 9/29. All of the Pinot noir was picked in a two-week window beginning on 9/26 with continued pleasant temperatures and no rain. The wines have more aromatic and flavor nuances with balanced acidity and moderate alcohols.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich seafood and pork dishes
The grapes were pressed whole cluster, fermented in 1000 liter Acacia barrels and rested on the lees for six months.