2021 King Estate Willamette Valley Chardonnay

2021 King Estate Willamette Valley Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

The characteristics of outstanding Oregon Chardonnay pop in this wine, first on the nose, with notes of lemon oil, white peach, pear and apple tart, and then on the palate. Flavors of lemon, pear, stone fruit with notes of melon and minerality are accompanied by a clean touch of caramelized oak and hazelnuts. The wine balances acidity and fruitiness, with complex layers of fruit and oak leading to a soft, opulent finish.

Vineyard Notes

The Willamette Valley is developing an increasingly strong reputation for Chardonnay. The grapes fare well in the cooler climates of Burgundy, France – where Chardonnay originated – and Oregon. Both regions are along the 45th parallel, producing a medium-bodied wine with pleasant acidity and fruit flavors of green apple and pear.

Winemaker Notes

Fruit is whole cluster pressed and fermented in oak barrels, stainless steel and the concrete egg vessel. About half the wine undergoes a secondary malolactic fermentation, producing a soft, creamy dimension to the wine. Aged 10 months in French oak, 15% new, with weekly bâtonnage, where the lees are stirred back into the wine.

Technical Notes

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