Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $17

By on September 11, 2014

Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2012 Estate Chardonnay labelOregon State University grad Aaron Lieberman entered the wine industry in 1996 and his career includes five years at renowned Owen Roe, and along the way he and his farming father, Phil, launched their Amity winery in 2002. Their 2-acre Cottonwood Meadows vineyard in nearby Hopewell is two-decades old, and they tapped into it for this bottling that’s reserve-style in many ways. Toasty aromas of baked apple pie, butterscotch and ghee show signs of their use of a 4-year-old French oak barrel. There’s much more fruit on the palate, which is reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, apples, pear and apricot. A hint of butter on midpalate leads into a pleasing citrus pith finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 24 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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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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