Craft Wine Co. is based in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Origin and Minimus label doing exactly, well... what they say on the label. Minimus wines, simply put are produced without additives, and Origin wines are varietals from select vineyards that produce profound expressions of those varietals. Strident believers in organic farming, they make their wines naturally, patiently, and with a seemingly endless supply of enological curiosity. Reserving the right to experiment with just about any sort of technique they like, brettanomyces laced whites, intentional reduction, long skin contact, carbonic maceration and just about anything else one can imagine is the order of the day here
Craft Wine Co. Minimus Dijon Free Chardonnay (NO) 2017
Created in the belief that the most significant thing the winery can do to enhance Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley is to increase the genetic diversity of clonal selections here. Every year Chad creates a Chardonnay from heirloom clones to help raise awareness of the lack of diversity in genetics across the valley. Each wine reflects vintage variation, of course, but also characteristics based on site differences and clonal selection from year to year.