Our passion is singular
Our mission is singular: to make great Washington chardonnay. It’s all we do. We’ve combined with Washington’s finest growers to showcase their best fruit with exactly the right oak and winemaking techniques. We identify our favorite clones (very important, we believe) in the best vineyards and select special blocks that have the “magic” we seek. This connected us with 3 regions so far: (Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, and the Columbia Gorge) with prime vineyards in the generally cooler sites that promote long growing seasons and complex, well developed flavors.
We’re a small producer. Our 1st vintage was 2010, a very cool and challenging year that had us release only one wine. It won a number of medals and awards, showing us we were on the right track. 2011 followed, rivaling 2010 as the 2 coolest vintages in Washington’s wine producing history. But we were able to produce 3 chardonnays from different regions, and won a series of awards and accolades. They included “Woodinville’s best chardonnay”, “Washington’s best chardonnay”, and the governor’s trophy for Washington’s best white wine. It was our proof of concept. Now with the ripe 2012 vintage, we’ve produced 3 unique and interesting charonnays from different regions and using different clones as we originally planned. Please see “our wines” tab for comments on our current releases.
Our goal is to bring you 3 unique bottlings – 4 when conditions are special- each expressing something different but clearly chardonnay. That sometimes highlights the clones chosen: our Dijon Clone 76 from old Yakima valley vines, or the long lived wente clone fruit from the Columbia Gorge. Or it might show a sense of place, like the honey and lavender flavors in our Columbia valley fruit. We also offer a Washington state bottling combining grapes from different sources that offer complementary flavors and aromas.
Woodinville, Washington, is our home. Array chardonnay is made there under the guidance of Brian Carter and Robert Takahashi. We don’t yet have a tasting room but pour our wines at various events. Please also see our tastings page for a listing of places that offer our wines by the glass and bottle.