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I first became aware of the high quality of the densely-planted vineyards owned by Craig Williams when I tasted a wine produced from his X Novo Vineyard during a visit to Walter Scott Wines a few years ago. That is the sister vineyard to his X Omni Vineyard. The vines at X Omni are still on the younger side, but this is going to be one of the best sites for chardonnay on the west coast in coming years and is already producing really beautiful fruit. Seth Long picked his parcel here on September 20th, the day after the smoke cleared out of the Willamette Valley. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged for eleven and a half months in one new five hundred liter puncheon and a “one wine” three hundred and fifty liter cask. The wine was assembled in stainless steel to spend its second winter and then bottled in the February of 2022. It tips the scales at a svelte 12.5 percent alcohol this year. The wine is gently new oaky on the nose, wafting from the glass in a refined blend of apple, almond, lime blossoms, a beautiful base of soil, an exotic touch of fresh mint and a beautiful framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, complex and full, with a superb core of fruit, marvelous soil signature, zesty acids and a very long, complex and intensely flavored finish.