In the hot, forward 1998 vintage, more than 1999, Oregon's reserve Chardonnays are so ripe and rich that they may already be at, or even past, their peak. Here are scents of ripe apples and whiskey barrels, plenty of alcoholic heat, and a substantial amount of new oak. Drink soon.
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.