Statera is winemaker Luke Wylde’s Chardonnay-only label. Focusing on single vineyards Chardonnays from Sustainably and Biodynamically farmed sites, Luke’s goal is a pure, unmanipulated expression of this noble fruit. As such, the winemaking process employs no inoculation of commercial yeasts, elevage is done in neutral oak barrels, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. You’ll find a little cloudiness in the wine – that is natural and intentional. The theory here is that removal of these suspended particulates actually equates to removal of part of the aromatic and flavor compounds of the wine. It also adds a bit of weight and creaminess that might have been missing because of the judicious use of oak.
The Corral Creek Vineyard is an older planting owned and farmed by Chehalem Winery on Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Moderate altitude and conditions yields a nice balanced wine that is not too lean and not too ripe. Just right.
This is a great wine for the dinner table. Think chopped salads, tuna casserole, chicken salad or a nice buttery fish filet. It’ll also be a good wine to expand your horizons and understanding of this oft-misunderstood grape and even impress that super opinionated wine snob in your life.