Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $25

By on September 25, 2014

yahmill-valley-vineyards-chardonnay-2012-labelEstate plantings in the Coastal Range foothills, cooled by afternoon breezes through Van Duzer corridor, were turned into a beautiful Chardonnay by McMinnville winemaker Ariel Eberle. This yield of 2.7 tons per acre — taken Oct. 18 at 23 Brix — never saw wood, accounting for a nose of dusty pear, Golden Delicious apple, lemon oil, timothy hay and minerality. The drink is a juicy one with Bartlett pear, mint and apple peel, producing succulent lime juice acidity that lingers in the corners. Suggested fare includes scallops, shrimp or Copper River salmon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 138 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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