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2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate

The Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a labor of love. It takes nearly a year to complete its process from whole cluster pressing to a slow cold soak and a once a month lees stirring. This wine is very bright and lively with a unique flavor profile that really carries its mineral, lemon and pear notes from start to finish. Pair this with delicate seafood dishes. Drink through 2016.  Continue Reading

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2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay

The fruit that went in to 2011 Stoller Reserve was sourced from their oldest plantings of Chardonnay on the estate. Clones 95, 76 and 96 (planted in 1995) make a unique wine with lots of character and creaminess that comes from barrel fermentation. The wine has great acidity that is balanced with a solid fruit core of pear and lemon notes. This is a very food friendly wine, so pair it with your favorite shellfish and enjoy! This should cellar well through 2016. 685 case production.  Continue Reading

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2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay

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The 2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay is delicious and clean with a good dose of citrus and mineral. The medium-long finish is enticing and smooth. Winemaker Michael Davies recommends pairing his Chardonnay with sushi. 185 case production. Drink now through 2016.  Continue Reading

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2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee

Wine Review: 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee is a great Chardonnay that was sourced from Dijon blocks located in the Dundee Hills—one block of 76 clone from Freedom Hill, another block from mixed Dijon clones from the Durant Vineyards and another from Lange Estate. The winery has been making Chardonnay for roughly 27 years and the style shows they have the experience to display what Oregon brings to the table. Flavors are lively and enticing, with lemon and melon at the forefront with mineral undertones that pull you in. Pair it with your favorite seafood. 281 case production.  Continue Reading

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2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate located in Hood River, Oregon is a small boutique winery that practice sustainable agricultural practices and produces 5,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot noir annually. The started with Pin ot noir in 1990, and added a few blocks of Chardonnay a few years later. Their 2011 reserve is a foodie wine that really expresses its grapefruit, spice and mineral notes. Soft and pretty; pairs well with chicken and seafood. 224 case production.  Continue Reading

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Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy

Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy

Women are developing tremendous influence in the wine and food industry, rising to the top of the ranks as winery owners, sommeliers, chefs, winemakers, vineyard managers, writers and educators. The aim of this series is to represent the Pacific Northwest women in Oregon and Washington who are developing tremendous influence in the wine and food industry, making a lasting mark on the history of wine, forever shaping its future.    Continue Reading

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