Corrine Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Oregon
Owner/winemaker Jay Somers sources the Chardonnay grapes for this wine from the Corrine Vineyard, located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, which is well on its way to becoming fully biodynamic (and organic). This process can take years so keep your eyes open for that designation on future vintages of this wine. He’s very familiar with fruit from this vineyard after working with this vineyard since 2000.
Tart lemons and Asian pears danced out of my glass as I swirled this Chardonnay. A second sniff revealed orange blossoms and Spanish peanut skins combined with Smarties candies.
In order to retain the grapes’ natural acidity, Jay opted not to do a malolactic fermentation and only used large, 600-liter French oak barrels with this wine. He really knows how to create a dry, tart Chardonnay filled to the brim with citrusy flavors of quince, Meyer lemons and fresh lemon zest.
Food pairing suggestions:
Lobster newburg // creamy Delmonico potatoes // roasted chicken pot pie
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