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Chardonnay 'Willamette Valley', North Valley [Soter Vineyards]

Chardonnay 'Willamette Valley', North Valley [Soter Vineyards]

The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found – an epicenter we refer to as the North Valley – which includes all of the defined sub-appellations (the Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, etc.). It is from within this region of rolling hillsides and diverse soils that veteran winegrowers James Cahill and Tony Soter, along with North Valley partners, Brian Sypher and Michelle Soter, source certified sustainable vineyards of real “Cru” quality for these personality-driven wines. Meticulous, hands-on attention to farming practices throughout the growing season from flowering through harvest, and minimal handling in the winery, assures a resulting level of quality normally associated exclusively with estate grown wines – in fact, we think of each vineyard site we work with as if it were a “satellite estate property”, as a statement of our genuine commitment to making the best wines we can.

71% Willamette Valley
29% Eola-Amity Hills

45% used French oak
55% steel barrels
45% malolactic fermentation
Lees stirring through winter

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
United States
Region:
Oregon
Appellation:
Willamette
Variety:
Chardonnay
Color:
White
Farming Practice:
Practicing Organic

Press & Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

Score:
92
Date:
2020-08-01
Review:
A splendid wine, now labeled ‘Classic' but much as before it's barrel fermented, sappy and seductive. The lush and concentrated flavors mix apple, tangerine and Meyer lemon, in a tangy, palate-coating burst of fruit and acid. This new vintage ups the new French oak to 15%. 

James Suckling

Score:
91
Date:
2020-01-30
Review:
A fresh, nectarine and peach nose with bread dough and a gently stony edge, too. The palate has a smooth feel with a fresh, fine and almost Chablis-esque feel to the palate. Drink now.