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Chehalem Chardonnay Willamette Valley Inox 2005

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"Lush, "Juicy Fruit" nose (a marker for Dijon clones), showing white and yellow fruit, including peach and pear. Aromatic white blossoms of jasmine or gardenia, all richly formed, with balance, great acidity, and ripeness. There's firmness for aging from the acidity and hints of grapefruit, Caribbean ginger ale, and mineral flavors that will expand to greater complexity with time in the bottle. This is what great Chardonnay fruit actually tastes like, without the overlay of oak.""We think we've succeeded in expressing the crisp, steely, and fruit-rich side that we love about some Old-World Chardonnays. What makes this possible is the use of exclusively Dijon clones, exceptionally well suited to Oregon's cool climate and exhibiting a richness that does not depend on oak. Entirely tank fermented, without malolactic fermentation or lees contact, INOX™ screams of the hallmarks of a cool climate-brightness, pinpoint fruit, and explosive aromas and flavors. We intend INOX™ for a full range of use, from hot weather chilling to elegant dinner complements." Winery notes

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Chehalem:
In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem, and his hands-on approach to winemaking began. Within five years, he had expanded the winery’s estate holdings to include partnerships in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the southern Dundee Hills, developed by his Chehalem partners, Bill and Cathy Stoller. Bill and Cathy Stoller are co-owners of Chehalem and owners of o... Read more
In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem, and his hands-on approach to winemaking began. Within five years, he had expanded the winery’s estate holdings to include partnerships in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the southern Dundee Hills, developed by his Chehalem partners, Bill and Cathy Stoller. Bill and Cathy Stoller are co-owners of Chehalem and owners of one of the three Estate Vineyards Chehalem uses, Stoller Vineyards, one of the most modern vineyards on a spectacular hillside locally referred to as Oregon's Corton Hill. Bill and Cathy live on-site at their 360-acre vineyard, with their twin sons, Kenny and Kyle. Chehalem traces its history back to vineyard operations started by Harry Peterson-Nedry in 1980 at Ridgecrest Vineyards, the pioneering wine operation on Ribbon Ridge, northwest of Newberg, Oregon. Bill and Cathy Stoller joined Harry in the winery in 1993 and subsequently began Stoller Vineyards—a densely planted, 125 acres on Stoller family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee Hills. Corral Creek Vineyards, adjacent to the winery facility, is Chehalem's third estate vineyard. Our first release was the 1990 Ridgecrest Pinot Noir. Read less

"Lush, "Juicy Fruit" nose (a marker for Dijon clones), showing white and yellow fruit, including peach and pear. Aromatic white blossoms of jasmine or gardenia, all richly formed, with balance, great acidity, and ripeness. There's firmness for aging from the acidity and hints of grapefruit, Caribbean ginger ale, and mineral flavors that will expand to greater complexity with time in the bottle. This is what great Chardonnay fruit actually tastes like, without the overlay of oak.""We think we've succeeded in expressing the crisp, steely, and fruit-rich side that we love about some Old-World Chardonnays. What makes this possible is the use of exclusively Dijon clones, exceptionally well suited to Oregon's cool climate and exhibiting a richness that does not depend on oak. Entirely tank fermented, without malolactic fermentation or lees contact, INOX™ screams of the hallmarks of a cool climate-brightness, pinpoint fruit, and explosive aromas and flavors. We intend INOX™ for a full range of use, from hot weather chilling to elegant dinner complements." Winery notes

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