Northwest Chardonnays shine with new styles

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Kramer Vineyards 2012 Dijon Clone Estate Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton District, $20

kramer-vineyards-estate-dijon-clone-chardonnay-bottleKim Kramer, her family’s second-generation winemaker, poured this among the 39 other producers at the grand tasting for the 2014 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium. The average price at the event was double the asking price for this estate production, yet hers deserved to be right in the middle of the discussion with all of them. It captured that fruit-forward style with Golden Delicious apple, Asian pear and Key lime, but there’s just a hint of mint and oak. Indeed, about 60% of the primary barrel treatment was older French, while nearly 30% was performed in stainless steel. Picking was done at 22 Brix, which allows for a deliciously balanced presentation of pear, lime, pineapple and lychee flavors. Its bright acidity should make for a pleasing suggested pairing with crab cakes.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 175 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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