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) 2016
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. 2016 was an early year, but finished cool, so the acid level from our later sites strikes a great balance with this richly textured and aromatic wine. 225 cases produced from Musqué, Espiquette, Mendoza, Old Wenté, Mt. Eden Clones. Aged in 2nd and 3rd fill Chablis casks.