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Chardonnay Trio Showcase Oregon’s Temperate Terroir

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DANCIN Vineyards artfully prepares hand-crafted, world-class Chardonnay in the Burgundian-style from its estate vineyard and vineyard partners throughout Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Using sustainable farming practices, attention to detail and classic old-world techniques, DANCIN wines are traditional and artisanal. The estate vineyard boasts a northwest-facing slope benefitting from the late afternoon shade provided by the surrounding tall pines and cedars, making it the perfect terroir for Chardonnay with a sense of place.

DANCIN is an annual dance in harmony with nature, in step with the weather, the soil, and the vines. This is captured in every bottle of wine produced; which are named after movements within ballet, a form of dance wherein dedication, discipline and balance are in submission to the grace and beauty of the final performance. The dancers are featured on the wine labels with fanciful, ballet-inspired names, which correlate to each bottle’s contents. The color of their gowns matches the wines, and a shadow at the dancer’s feet represents the reflection of the many dances performed throughout the growing season, both in the vineyard and winery.

Each bottle captures the season’s dances leading to constant movement and balance present in each wine. The following three selections are a perfect representation of the multi-faceted terroir and expressive clonal differences.

2016 DANCIN Vineyards “Capriccio” Southern Oregon Chardonnay  

Yellow/gold in color, with aromas of gala apple, graham cracker and white flowers signaling a bright and fresh style of Chardonnay.  The flavors are lively with high notes of tangerine and pineapple. The texture is plump with the tart pineapple keeping the wine in balance. For seafood lovers, serve with seared scallops of halibut drizzled with Beurre blanc sauce or keep it simple with lemon and butter!

The fruit for the 2016 “Capriccio” Chardonnay comes from the DANCIN Estate Vineyard. This wine is a blend of Chardonnay Clones Robert Young 17 (45%), Dijon 76 (41%) and Wente (14%). The fruit was hand sorted before being whole cluster pressed directly into twenty percent new French oak.

2016 DANCIN Vineyards “Assemblage” Oregon Chardonnay  

Golden in color, with delicate aromas of pear, freshly baked fig bread and an earthy note of Chanterelle mushrooms.  Subtle tropical flavors of guava and mango evolve into tart nectarine, delivering a tangy finish.  Try pairing with prosciutto wrapped figs or stuffed mushrooms.

This wine is a blend of Chardonnay Clones Dijon 76 & Dijon 95 (60%) from Dundee Hills and Dijon 76 & Espiguette 352 (40%) from Southern Oregon. The fruit was hand sorted before being whole cluster pressed directly into a blend of new and neutral French Oak barrels.

2016 DANCIN Vineyards “Mélange” Southern Oregon Chardonnay

The deep golden color in the glass telegraphs an opulent Chardonnay, rich, well ripened and yet not over-the-top. Aromatically intriguing with scents of freshly baked pineapple-upside-down cake, a torn piece of crusty baguette and imbued with subtle accents of vanilla oak spice. The core of ripe fruit flavors are lush and generous. Pineapple leads with shades of Bartlett pear finishing with coconut and toasted hazelnuts. This wonderful glass of Chardonnay stands alone or try with a slice of toasted baguette with a dollop of Fromage blanc.

The Mélange is a blend of Dijon 76 (44%), Robert Young 17 (43%), 809 (9%) and 15 (4%). The fruit, sourced from Gold Vineyard in the Rogue Valley was hand sorted before being whole cluster pressed directly into a blend of neutral French Oak (40%), Stainless Steel (40%), and new French Oak (20%).

Along with Chardonnay, DANCIN also artfully prepares estate Pinot Noir, Syrah, Barbera and port. 

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