Is chardonnay Oregon’s next big thing? Forbes writer Katie Bell seems to think so. Bell points out that chardonnay performing as well as pinot noir should come as no surprise, since chardonnay is to pinot noir as White Burgundy is to Red Burgundy. Quite literally, actually. “They both show well in cooler milder climates that enjoy long, sunny days” (Bell, 2014).
Below are a few chardonnays Bell listed as fan favorites.
2011 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay, $35—-Best Value of the tasting, a fine balance of mouth-watering acidity and tropical fruits. Pineapple, lemon and cream in one sip. Winemaker Melissa Burr makes chardonnay “because we love it. And we think Oregon, and particularly the Dundee Hills, is one of the best spots to grow it.” She likes it with popcorn dusted with butter, parmesan and truffle oil.
2012 Anam Cara Cellars Reserve Chardonnay, Nicholas Estate, $32—-Rich with buttery edges, a very perfumy wine with floral notes, apricots and peaches. Winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry wanted to retain the “purity and clarity which are the vines signature.” Fermentation and aging in new French oak, some neutral oak and a small amount of stainless steel lends weight and texture. The winery suggests trying this wine with wild mushrooms, Dungeness crab or truffled popcorn.