Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Goodrich Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton, $40

By on March 6, 2017

It’s about time. One of the Pacific Northwest’s top producers of Pinot Gris and Riesling has joined the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon. Adam Campbell and his family’s 2014 investment in Goodrich Vineyard near Yamhill pays dividends here with Elk Cove Vineyards’ first Chardonnay since 1998. The care taken during the winemaking includes a barrel program over 12 months with some lees stirring beyond malolactic fermentation. After that, came six months in stainless steel. That combination creates for beautiful aromatics of rosewater, Asian pear and green banana. On the palate, the integration of the oak leads to flavors of Golden Delicious apple and baked pineapple, backed by pear skin and dried apricot.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 421 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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