Date:October 19, 2015

2013 ROCO Chardonnay

2013 ROCO Chardonnay

2013 ROCO Chardonnay


k, we’re going to wax poetic about this wine for a moment…this is a excellent Chardonnay with a strong acidic backbone, yet a kiss of oak that creates an amazing textural mouthfeel. Winemaker Rollin Soles really hit it out of the park with this wine!

Made using fruit from two vineyards; Rose Rock and Gran Moraine, both in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this Chardonnay went through full malolactic fermentation. Sometimes that produces a wine that has an almost oily consistency but not in this case. Only 15-20% of this wine spent time in new French oak, the remaining aged in neutral oak barrels used to make previous vintages. Soles, a skilled winemaker, finds the perfect balance using all the tools at his disposal, balancing a rich, full mouthfeel with high acid levels.

With aromas of honeydew melon rind, lemons, lemon curd and green grapes, this Oregon Chardonnay is literally mouth-watering. Tart with delicious acid, we tasted both the lemons and honeydew melon rind, which then transitioned into a long finish with marked salinity. And the mouthfeel is sensual and captivating!

Buy this ROCO Chardonnay to enjoy with your holiday meal. It would be divine with your Thanksgiving fixings; including buttery mash potatoes, creamy sweet potatoes, garlicky green beans and turkey. But if you can’t wait for a special occasion to drink this Chardonnay, we suggest pairing it with oysters or salty cheese.

SRP $40.

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  1. Victor Orozco Reply

    I would still think that a Chardonnay without the malolactic fermentation is perfect. Small % of oak and some neutral oak could render a final touch of sophistication that Chardonnays lack so much these days. Yes, I prefer the French style Chardonnays and I’m sure Oregon has what it takes to make a great Chardonnay.

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