Chardonnay is an Oregon renaissance story, moving from underdog status in the last 20 years into one of Oregon’s award-winning stars. Laurie Daniel for the Mercury News reports on Oregon Chardonnay from its beginnings in Wine: Oregon’s chardonnays.
[Oregon chardonnay] can be stunning and vibrant, with a common thread: refreshing natural acidity. Fruit flavors tend toward citrus, apple and white stone fruit, rather than the tropical fruit that you find in many California chardonnays. – Laurie Daniel, Wine: Oregon’s chardonnays
Throughout the 70s and 80s, Chardonnay was the most popular white variety grown in the state. Through the 1990s, acreage fell as Pinot gris gained a foothold, but today the breadth of available Chardonnay selections has created new excitement among Oregon Chardonnay growers. Planted acreage is once more beginning to climb.
The evolution of the American wine drinker toward more food friendly, mineral-structured wines has led more and more consumers to explore the Oregon style. Look for examples from Eyrie Vineyards, Chehalem, Stoller, Anam Cara, Bergstrom, and Drouhin – all located in the Yamhill Valley area.