This was a wet and difficult vintage in much of Oregon, and the 12.3% alcohol listed for this light, green Chardonnay suggests that it simply didn't ripen. Bone-dry, with a touch of minerality, the tart green apple flavors, thin to begin with, seem to vanish in mid-swallow. There is no midpalate at all.
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.