Chehalem Wines 2018 INOX Unoaked Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $20

By on January 19, 2020

Harry Peterson-Nedry, who created and built the Chehalem brand, hired Katie Santora as assistant winemaker in 2012, and she worked alongside Harry’s daughter, Wynne, until the sale to longtime business partner Bill Stoller. At that point, in 2018, Stoller moved Santora into the lead winemaking position, so this vintage of INOX, a French term for stainless steel, signals that change in the cellar. While dominated by Stoller Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, Corral Creek Vineyard near the Newberg production facility accounts for 13% of the final blend. The enticing nose of cotton candy, lime juice, Anjou pear and fresh-cut celery leads to fresh flavors of nectarine and Gala apple, framed by a pleasing mouth feel and seductively long finish of citrus fruit.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,680 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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