Panther Creek Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $45

By on February 16, 2020
panther creek cellars chardonnay 2017 bottle - Panther Creek Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $45

This storied Oregon brand closed its Willamette Valley tasting room not long after this harvest ended, but Tony Rynders continues to craft these wines that have been poured in Woodinville since 2018. His lingerie approach with oak, a charming veil of 20% new French barrels, creates a mood of light toast, cotton candy, dusty Bosc pear and white peach. The entry of apricot, followed by a lemon bar on the midpalate, leads out to a gorgeously bright and long finish of Asian pear. It’s nicely put together and seems ideal with steamed mussels and a loaf of crusty bread.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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