Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream. A world class winery in the Willamette Valley-and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This elegant, golden honey-colored 'Dijon Clone Chardonnay' shows ripe aromas of pineapple, coconut, honeysuckle and almonds with just a hint of green olives. An acid-forward style, the smooth entry and creamy mouthfeel highlight citrus flavors of grapefruit, orange rind and lemon peel. Flavors of anise contribute a slight spiciness, and rhubarb flavors contribute a slight tartness, leading to an overall complex wine with bright acidity and a green apple snap on the finish. This wine pairs well with white fish such as grouper, grilled halibut and citrus scallops. Also try with fresh fruit, nuts and light-medium cheeses.

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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

External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
04/06/2010

cream, vanilla, barrel toast and spices. Sweet, ripe impression with well-integrated barrel flavors of nutmeg and clove with yeast lees and mineral. The mouth is medium bodied with good flinty acidity for balance and aging potential. The finish is long, fresh, vibrant and clean, with lingering mineral, and toast flavors reminiscent of a French Burgundy. Peak drinkability should be around 2009-2011.



Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream. A world class winery in the Willamette Valley-and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This elegant, golden honey-colored 'Dijon Clone Chardonnay' shows ripe aromas of pineapple, coconut, honeysuckle and almonds with just a hint of green olives. An acid-forward style, the smooth entry and creamy mouthfeel highlight citrus flavors of grapefruit, orange rind and lemon peel. Flavors of anise contribute a slight spiciness, and rhubarb flavors contribute a slight tartness, leading to an overall complex wine with bright acidity and a green apple snap on the finish. This wine pairs well with white fish such as grouper, grilled halibut and citrus scallops. Also try with fresh fruit, nuts and light-medium cheeses.

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