This is their very first release of the Four Winds Chardonnay and we couldn't be more excited! Four Winds is a special vineyard ideal for the Chardonnay that they aspire to make...fresh, acid driven and austere. Located high in the foothills of the McMinnville Coast Range, these 20 year old Wente clone vines deliver pristine Chardonnay with personality and restrained elegance. 75 cases made.
"The Crowley 2010 Chardonnay Four Winds - from an 850 feet elevation site in the foothills of the Coastal Range directly west of McMinnville and planted with old Wente Selection - is buoyant, if also lean. Its tart, juicy lemon and apple fruit is somewhat at odds with caramelized and resinous notes from barrel (even though none of the wood here was new). Crowley thinks it will fill-in and gain harmony with a bit of time in bottle. I won't try to guess how it might evolve. At any rate, it is certainly long and encouragingly juicy and vibrant, if far from complex. 87 points" - David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate #202