Time was, Oregon Chardonnay was a sad creature, overpriced and underripe, but those days are long gone. Even in this budget bottling, almost half of the juice is estate grown from the Dijon clone. Another 20% is 30-year-old Draper clone from the old Tualatin vineyard. Barrel fermented sur lie; this is one heckuva good bottle of Chardonnay for 10 bucks!
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.