February 17, 2020

2016 Van Duzer Bieze Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.3% alc., pH 3.24, TA 0.74, 283 cases, $36. This vineyard is adjacent the acclaimed Seven Springs Vineyard. Well-draining Jory soil and a temperate climate. Gentle whole cluster pressed, fermented at low temperatures in 40% concrete tank, 35% in oak barrel with batonnage, and 25% in stainless steel barrels. Aged on the lees for 8 months. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Complex nose featuring aromas of yellow apple, flinty citrus, woodland spice and nut oil. Very gracious and polished on the palate, offering flavors of fresh Honeycrisp apple, pear, pineapple and a hint of caramel. Creamy in texture, with a succulent fruit finish of uncommon length. Ostentatious for an Oregon Chardonnay, but so what. Score: 96. Reviewed February 2, 2019

Winery: Van Duzer Vineyards
From article: Recently Tasted Willamette Valley Wines