Chehalem is one of a number of Oregon wineries who have really dialed in Pinot Blanc. It tastes like a perfect cross of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, with spice and fruit, pears and citrus rind, even a whiff of fennel. What truly distinguishes this vineyard-designated bottling is its tight focus; the flavors deepen and extend through a lovely finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.