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Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate Grown 2012 375ml

Rated 90 - The 2012 Chardonnay Estate Grown comes from 62 percent Dijon clone planted in 1994 and 1999, with a block of Wente selection planted in...
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Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Roserock 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Polished and refined, with gorgeous pear and grapefruit flavors framed with hints of spice and caramel on the finish, lingering gently....
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Ponzi Chardonnay Aurora 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - As these vines age and penetrate the rock, things could get much more interesting. Ponzi 2011 Chardonnay Aurora - not due to be released...
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Ponzi Chardonnay Aurora 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - One of a pair of single-vineyard, reserve-level Chardonnays, this seamlessly pulls together yellow apple, lemon panna cotta, white...

Chardonnay Willamette Valley

Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.
The beautiful wine region of Willamette Valley is located in Oregon, one of the main wine producing states of the USA. As in much of Oregon, Willamette Valley benefits enormously from the long, hot summers the state enjoys, and the mineral rich soils which typify the wine regions found there. Willamette Valley has built up a powerful reputation over the past few decades as one of the New World's leading producers of high quality, flavorful and characterful Pinot Noir wines, as the grapes of the Pinot Noir vine thrive particularly well in the region's climatic conditions. Willamette Valley is a fascinating wine region, and is a fine representative for the state of Oregon. Innovative techniques and wine making methods are fairly commonplace there, and the overall produce of the region seems to get better each year.