The House of Independent Producers (HIP) Chardonnay is as close to a Chablis style white as you can find on the west coast. The wine sees no oak, and is a true definition of terroir winemaking, highlighting the beautiful vineyards of Sagemoor Farms, specifically the Dionysus Vineyard. HIP is a project directed by Christophe Hedges, bringing to the table some of the more compelling Columbia Valley AVA vineyard sites.
Light straw color, brilliantly clear. Lively lemon zest, tart apple pie, custard and hint of shortbread. The palate has a nice tart entry, which leads you into a sweet, round and full mid-palate that invites you to enjoy the flaky apple pie flavors on the finish.
For optimum fruit flavors and aromas, drink now. The higher acid in this wine should keep it drinking well for several more years.
100% SS fermentation to dryness at cool temperatures to retain the maximum fruit aromas and flavors. Fruit was sourced from several Columbia Valley vineyards, including the Wahluke Slope and the Yakima Valley AVAs. One-third malo-lactic fermentation.
2013 was another excellent vintage in Washington State, made slightly unusual by 80 plus temperatures in April and 90 plus temperatures in May. This uncommon early season heat caused bud break and growth to be early and rapid, exceeding average by about ten days. An average summer meant veraison and harvest began early, which led to ripe fruit throughout the state. Once again, “average” in Washington is everyone else’s “great.”