Light straw color. Aromas of pear and apple with hints of banana, pineapple, lychee, straw, licorice and custard. The palate is full with fruit sweetness and nicely rounded viscosity balanced by crisp acidity and pear and apple fruits with a caramel note. No buttery oak here. A clean and pure expression of Chardonnay fruit.
The House of Independent Producers (HIP) Chardonnay is as close to a Chablis style white as you can find on the west coast. The wine sees no oak, and is a true definition of terroir winemaking, highlighting the beautiful vineyards of Sagemoor Farms, specifically the Dionysus Vineyard. HIP is a project directed by Christophe Hedges, bringing to the table some of the more compelling Columbia Valley AVA vineyard sites.