The Importance of Being a Willamette Valley Chardonnay
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When you think of the Willamette Valley (it's Willamette, dammit!), you probably think of world-class Pinot Noir, and you wouldn't be wrong. With 11,053 acres planted, fabulous Pinots come out every vintage, year after year. But the Valley has a lighter side as well, with over 3,400 acres of white grape varietals planted, 684 of which are Chardonnay. Yes, Chardonnay. The November WineStudio gets into the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, citing terroir, sustainability, biodynamics, philosophy, adventure and the future of Oregon Chardonnay.
The week's wines were from Omero Cellars. Established in 2009, a small family owned vineyard and winery, Omero Cellars' estate vineyard is comprised of 26 acres located in the heart of the Ribbon Ridge AVA - the smallest American Viticultural Area in Oregon at only 3.5 miles long and 1.75 miles wide.
Tasting Notes:"The goal with every vintage has been and will be to understand the textures, flavors, scents and behaviors of the fruit that we farm and through minimal intervention, allow the wines to express their sense of place while maintaining elegance and balance."
2012 Willamette Valley - Aged 10 months in French oak; white flower, apricot, and spice aromas; flavor profile follows along with aromas with an added minerality; 13.1% ABV; cork closure; 275 cases produced; SRP $38.
2012 Extended Elevage - Aged 16 months; green apple, stone fruit, and cedar (?) aromas; apple, citrus, spice, and subtle yeast flavors; rich mouthfeel; 12.5% ABV; cork closure; 75 cases produced; SRP $58. Wineries suggested pairing is dark chocolate goat cheese truffles and rosemary sea salt.
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Wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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