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Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2002

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"Sweet aromas of overripe lemons, toast, vanilla, cream and barrel spices. Mouthfilling, complex and forward flavors mirror the aromas with sweet impressions, well-integrated light barrel toast flavors and a thread of acidity throughout. Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavier-bodied and coats the mouth with a creamy texture. The finish is long and fresh from acidity with vanilla and spicy lingering flavors. Peak drinkability should be around 2005-2007 with fruitiness diminishing after this time and more bottle-aged Chardonnay characters developing." Winery notes

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Willamette Valley Vineyards:
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of di... Read more
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of distinction, that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. All the vineyards, the Estate Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, and Elton vineyard, have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe programs since 1997. In 2007, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first winery in the world to use sustainable cork stoppers certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. In 2010, Willamette Valley Vineyards released their first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW). Willamette Valley Vineyards commitment to sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery is based on the convictions that as stewards of the land they have an obligation to walk as softly as possible, and that winegrapes grown naturally in healthy soils produce superior quality wines. Willamette Valley Vineyards also produces wines under the Griffin Creek and Tualatin Estate labels. Read less

"Sweet aromas of overripe lemons, toast, vanilla, cream and barrel spices. Mouthfilling, complex and forward flavors mirror the aromas with sweet impressions, well-integrated light barrel toast flavors and a thread of acidity throughout. Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavier-bodied and coats the mouth with a creamy texture. The finish is long and fresh from acidity with vanilla and spicy lingering flavors. Peak drinkability should be around 2005-2007 with fruitiness diminishing after this time and more bottle-aged Chardonnay characters developing." Winery notes

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