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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:
CHEHALEM Winery is known for Pinot Noir, but also equivalently for white wines. And we’re proud of that, speaking eloquently to the first half of a meal as well as the last half. Over half of production is white, ranging from Riesling, our passion in several styles, to ground-swelling new Oregon Chardonnay, Pinot Gris which we do exceptionally well, and to exciting smaller productions o... Read more
CHEHALEM Winery is known for Pinot Noir, but also equivalently for white wines. And we’re proud of that, speaking eloquently to the first half of a meal as well as the last half. Over half of production is white, ranging from Riesling, our passion in several styles, to ground-swelling new Oregon Chardonnay, Pinot Gris which we do exceptionally well, and to exciting smaller productions of Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Blanc— everything grown sustainably on our three estate vineyards: Ridgecrest, Stoller and Corral Creek.  The climate and our winemaking style reveal wines that emphasize balance, elegance and texture rather than power and size. This openness allows the vintage and three terroirs on which we sustainably farm in the Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains to express themselves, not with words but with wines of startling distinction. Mature vineyards, mature winemaking, consistently great wines. 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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