Winemakers redefining Oregon Chardonnay

By on March 13, 2016

Harry & David Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Southern Oregon, $18

harry-and-david-vineyards-chardonnay-2013-bottleWinemaker Linda Donovan creates the lineup for Harry & David inside her Pallet Wine Co. studio in downtown Medford, Ore., and this is a food-friendly unoaked Chardonnay that fits nicely within the company famous for Comice pears starting nearly a century ago. Light tropical aromas also include apricot, cantaloupe and jicama with a touch of brioche from aging the wine for six months on the lees. Inside, it’s akin to lemon chiffon pie with white peach and apricot accents. Starfruit acidity brings a spark, and lower alcohol adds to its charm. Suggested pairings include grilled prosciutto-wrapped prawns with Harry & David’s Chunky Mango Relish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,254 cases

Alcohol: 11.2%

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