After years of focusing primarily on pinot noir, winemakers in the Willamette Valley have turned their attention to chardonnay with excellent results.
Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Dundee Hills Chardonnay Arthur 2014
This is such a lively white with ripe fruit, mangoes and limes. Then it turns to a salt character. Medium-to full-bodied, racy and intense. Fresh, citrusy finish. Drink now.
93 pts. James Suckling
Soter North Valley Chardonnay 2016
Aromas of bright Meyer lemon, Asian pear, fresh apple with hints of vanilla bean, custard, hazelnut, and a trace of match stick. Sleek and silky on the entry with a vibrant, juicy quality. Rich and mouth coating, the fresh fruit flavors are echoed on the palate with hints of stone fruit
(white peach). There is an unmistakable mineral element on the finish as the flavors linger. 715 cases produced.