Tasting a $20 Chardonnay this good illustrates why there is a rising tide of excitement in Oregon for this variety. Creamy and mouthfilling, with Key lime, citrus and apple fruit flavors, it's the texture and minerality that elevate this above and beyond most of its peers. The length, definition and balance are superb.
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.