Throughout Oregon Pinot Noir is the top grape – no surprise - followed by Pinot Gris, and in the netherworld of third place is Chardonnay. But Oregon Chard is gaining momentum and the 2018 INOX is one of the reasons why. Light and clean the seeming simplicity is deceptive. Defined by peach, Asian pear, nectarine, wild flowers, light honeysuckle and mango, none of these flavors are overwhelming, they act as supporting players in the background. Thus the overall experience of drinking this Chardonnay is its versatility. For example I tried this wine with a barbecue chicken pizza (sampling the wine before the pizza of course) and was surprised at the results that the lovely light style and acidity of this of Chardonnay could work so well with BBQ.
Fermented in stainless steel to keep the freshness with just five months of “aging” in tank there are just under 5,000 cases so you should be able to secure some.
In July 2018, Chehalem became the sixth Oregon winery to achieve B Corp status - which assesses companies to ensure they meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. Additionally they are registered as Salmon Safe – all good things to treat our land as equitable as possible. This is a lovely Chardonnay made better by an attractive price for a wine of this quality.
ORIGIN: Willamette Valley, Oregon
PRICE: $20/ 750ML
SCORE: 91 POINTS