Aubichon Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $35

Aubichon Cellars 2014 Chardonnay labelJim Sanders’ work with Burgundy varieties in the Willamette Valley continues to impress, and this reserve approach with a single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Chehalem Mountains provides skilful balance. He opted for 16 months of barrel aging in predominantly neutral oak, which allows for a golden color with aromas of light toast, lemon curd, Asian pear, hazelnut and white pepper. The entry to the palate is light and creamy with flavors of poppy seed cake, banana and squash blossom. Its touch of tannin, lick of butterscotch and citrusy finish with pear give this delicious length. Look for offered at the Le Cadeau/Aubichon tasting room in Dundee, The Wine Cellar in Portland, Mingo in Beaverton and in the state of Pennsylvania.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 95 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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