STRAIGHT SHOOTER CHARDONNAY WILLAMETTE VALLEY OREGON 2018
| Spring was relatively cool and wet with bud break happening slightly later than the last few years. A warmer than average summer caught things up. Veraison was early and the hot weather continued, accelerated ripening until a cool change in September gave the grapes a needed respite.
The grapes were harvested in the cold of the morning and transported to the winery. Bunches were immediately pressed and the juice was transferred to stainless steel tanks for cold settling. After being racked off solids the juice was allowed to warm naturally and was then inoculated with cold tolerant yeasts. After fermentation, 50% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to bottling.
The wine expresses standout primary aromas of yellow fruits and citrus zest followed by meringue, nougat and lemon verbena notes. The palate is fruitdriven and balanced while also light on its feet. The pronounced meyer lemon and bosc pear characters are sustained by a vibrant acidity through the long finish.
Limpid gold. Melon, nectarine, tangerine and honey on the nose, with a floral nuance emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering fresh citrus fruit and honeydew flavors that are firmed by a suggestion of peach pit on the back half. Seamless and open-knit, showing a touch of vanilla on the subtly smoky finish, which features a discreet floral note.
The 2018 Straight Shooter Chardonnay has fresh scents of poached pears, quince peel and white peach with touches of baker’s yeast, stone and a very pretty floral undercurrent. The palate is light to medium-bodied, fresh and lively with good concentration and a long, lifted finish. This is well made and a great value
A good choice in an affordable Oregon Chardonnay, this young wine matches baked apple and pear fruit to a highlight of caramel. There's a buttery character alongside a slight hint of mint.
This has a strong, sweet-wood overlay, across peach and apricot aromas. The palate follows suit with very assertive oak.
Bottle Size: 750ml