Panther Creek Cellars 2018 Chardonnay-Pinot Noir White Blend, Willamette Valley, $30

By on April 4, 2020

There’s a growing following for the “White Pinot Noir” that’s emerging from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and Tony Rynders has hit on something with this blend of Pinot Noir juice without any skin contact and Chardonnay. In terms of federal regulations, this is just 5 percent away from qualifying as being labeled as Chardonnay (70%), and it’s produced without any oak involved. Charming aromatics of jasmine, apricot, marshmallow and Royal Anne cherry lead to flavors of dried apricot, cherry juice and starfruit. Enjoyable weight on the palate and a refreshing long finish that pleasantly sticks in the mouth bodes well for grilled chicken or oysters.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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