2016 Fullerton LUX Willamette Valley Chardonnay

12.5% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.54, 100 cases, $55. A four barrel selection of fruit from Apolloni, Andreas and Nemarski vineyards. Dijon 76, 95, 96, and Davis 108. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented with ambient yeast over several months at cold temperatures. Full malolactic fermentation and aging 17 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A sophisticated offering with aromas of lemon peel, green apple, kiwi, and cold steel. Bright flavors of lemon, green apple and pear with a hint of vanilla. An edgy wine with submerged oak and a clean cut of acidity on the lean but quenching finish. This wine lacks the exuberant fruit of the FACES Chardonnay, but is more classy. Score: 93. Reviewed February 2, 2019

Winery: Fullerton Wines
From article: Recently Tasted Willamette Valley Wines