Aubichon Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $35

By on October 11, 2016

Aubichon Cellars 2014 Chardonnay labelJim Sanders’ work with Burgundy varieties in the Willamette Valley continues to impress, and this reserve approach with a single-vineyard Chardonnay from young Terry Family Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA provides skillful balance. He opted for 16 months of barrel aging in predominantly neutral oak, which allows for a golden color with aromas of light toast, lemon curd, Asian pear, hazelnut and white pepper. The entry to the palate is light and creamy with flavors of poppy seed cake, banana and squash blossom. Its touch of tannin, lick of butterscotch and citrusy finish with pear give this delicious length. Look for offered at the Le Cadeau/Aubichon tasting room in Dundee, The Wine Cellar in Portland, Mingo in Beaverton and in the state of Pennsylvania.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 95 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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