past vintages of the wild bee chardonnay


2017 The Wild Bee Chardonnay

525 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
label – charcoal drawing of a ‘wild’ bee by April Coppini

The Wild Bee! The Wild Bee represents a shift
in our chardonnay program. This wine takes the
place of our Willamette Valley Chardonnay –
only in name, label and price! Same vineyard
sources, same winemaking, same barrels. The
Wild Bee is a combination of all 6 sites of
chardonnay that we work with and is a fantastic representation of Willamette Valley Chardonnay for 2017. We hope you enjoy it, lots of it! For the first time we have chosen another artist’s drawing to dress The Wild Bee, someone whose work both Clare and I have admired for quite a while. Thank you April Coppini!

Tasting notes – At first blush this wine’s aromatics offer up lemon custard and stone fruit. This is a clean bright expression of our chardonnay. It has a persistant white floral note that leads into warm toast and hazelnut – this all shows off the perfectly developed golden grapes that finish like a bite of perfectly ripe pear. The acid is fine and complex without any hard edges giving this wine tension to help you appreciate it’s subtleties.

93 points - Washington Wine Blog
93 points - International Wine Report
92 points - James Suckling
93 points - Wine Spectator
91 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot