This Chardonnay was produced with fruit from premier vineyards in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley, including Freedom Hill, Durant, and Lange Estate Vineyards. Only free-run juice was collected to craft this wine, which was fermented in stainless steel allowing the Lange's to achieve a Chardonnay defined by fruit and terroir.
Fermented in mostly stainless steel and neutral puncheons, malolactic fermentation was not encouraged in this wine, lending to its sprightly frame and balanced structure.
Pale lemon yellow in the glass, the 2019 Chardonnay Classique is fresh and focused with layered aromas reminiscent of a bright sunny day - dewy pear, yellow apple, and melon lie beneath lighter tones of hawthorn flower, crème fraiche, and honey. The sensory arc of this wine is linear with a bright, mineral-infused spine. Lemon and lime pith converge at the close along with a streak of wet stone and pomace.
91 Points | Wine Enthusiast 'Editor's Choice'
90 Points | VINOUS
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