Penner Ash Chardonnay 18
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As an unabashed Francophile, I constantly compare the West Coast Chardonnay we taste with Chardonnay from the Burgundy region. Sure, that's mostly not a fair or viable comparison; however, when I tasted the Penner-Ash recently with the staff, my jaw hit the floor -- I was head-over-heels in love!
Even more than their neighbors to the south, winemakers in Oregon have been experimenting with Chardonnay clones from Burgundy and enjoying stunning success. The slightly cooler northern climate also plays a part, along with the Willamette Valley's volcanic, sedimentary, silty, and loess soils. It all adds up to world-class Chardonnay!
Here's a note from the winery that beautifully describes the wine:
A true expression of the Willamette Valley, and a partner to our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This wine is driven by bright acidity overlaid on top of a solid foundation of fruit, sourced from premier sites across the region’s sub-AVAs, incorporating their unique terroirs. Since its inaugural vintage in 1998, founding winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash has drawn upon longstanding relationships with grower neighbors and friends, to source fruit from the Willamette Valley’s most distinguished vineyards.
92 Points Wine Spectator
Lovely aromas of orange blossom, green apple and spice build to minerality and vibrancy on the snappy, refreshing finish. The medium-bodied palate is silky and super fresh with crunchy, uplifted fruits and an energetic finish.