A to Z Wineworks is a partnership of two winemaking families. Founded three years ago, the company has quickly became Oregon’s fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon’s best value wines by eliminating unproductive fixed investment and unnecessary overhead. Originally, A to Z sourced and blended excess wines from other Oregon producers. Although the company continues to purchase wine, they have gradually decreased their dependence on the variability of those supplies in favour of long-term grape agreements from Hood River through the Willamette Valley and south to Medford. While the contracts themselves ensure continuous sources of fruit, the 350 mile geographic dispersion serves as a hedge against a weather calamity in any particular region. The idea behind A to Z is that these four friends can seek out individual lots of good quality finished wines, blend them skillfully to bring together their individual characters, and then offer consumers a new wine at a value price that is in essence greater than the sum of its parts.
The A to Z Chardonnay opens with opulent aromas of citrus blossoms, white peach and pear, developing complexity with secondary notes of honey, lemon verbena and quince. The palate is poised with beautiful balance and structure and a concentrated attack emphasizing ripe citrus notes, mango and wet stone. The finish is focused with a steely sense of its Oregon origins clearly evident in the lingering flavors of minerals and white peaches.