Wine Review: 2010 Cornerstone Cellars Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Cornerstone Chardonnay

Cornerstone Chardonnay : In Oregon, there has been an ongoing discussion for several years now about what the definitive style for Willamette Valley Chardonnay should be. Some producers up here gave up on Chardonnay years ago and just replaced it with Pinot Gris or Germanic varietals. Cornerstone has produced a style of wine with this vintage that should become the benchmark example of what Oregon Chardonnay should be. Aromas of orange groves in bloom, wet rocks from a clean mountain stream and a little tropical fruit notes almost leap from the glass. The texture in the mouth is vibrant, racy and full but not flabby. The flavor profile of the wine exudes the taste of the ripest juiciest pear you have ever tasted combined with lemon zest, fresh vanilla bean and a spicy clove finish.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $35 | 13.5% ABV

Cornerstone Chardonnay


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Lonnie J. December 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM - Reply

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. I’ve been looking for an Oregon Chardonnay and I believe I will love this style. Thanks!

    • enobytes December 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM - Reply

      After tasting this libation, it is definitely worth a benchmark reference. Buy it and enjoy it Lonnie!

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