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An unassuming Chardonnay that strikes me as one in a thousand.

Tasted blind.

Pale straw.

Complex aromatically with tension, rich oak power and balance. Taut bouquet of wet black flint, dry ginger syrup, cardamon  baked Granny Smith apple, dried chamomile and lemongrass that only hints at the depth and tightly coiled nature of the palate. I’m thinking Chablis at this point, maybe Oregon…

Bracing acid is defining trait of this wine with long persistence and flavors follow the nose with more Meyer Lemon pith, peach skin, ground wet stone and hazelnut and Graham cracker. It is rich and expansive on the mid-palate, but just when you think it is a nutty and spiced Meursault, the fresh acidity swings back through. Still thinking Burgundy…but maybe it is some old 108 clone from Oregon?

I guessed Oregon.

Regardless, this wine is singing right now, still I want to check back in 4 or 6 more years. At $24 dollars, this wine is easily one of the most beautiful Oregon Chardonnays I’ve ever tasted. The winemaker, Michael Beckley, was the cellarmaster at Domaine Drouhin Oregon for many years. Fruit from Temperance Hill. 10 months in Gillet barrels with random battonage. Bravo Michael!

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