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Sep 01, 2015
In a land known for Pinot Noir, let us not forget the other famous Burgundian favorite, the white one. This month’s selection proves how even in ranges affordable for Tuesday night, Oregon is on its way to earning a top spot in the world of Chardonnay. Try these examples from the last three vintages for a mix of oaked and unoaked excellence.
Maryhill Winery 2014 Chardonnay - $15
With tempting aromas of buttered toast mingled with smoky oak, perfume and ripe banana, this pick produces few surprises on the palate. Floral notes bloom into a distinct flavor of rose petals carried on a long, creamy-textured, lengthy finish marked with hints of tart orange. Try with a substantial fish, such as salmon or halibut steaks, or by itself via a porch swing on a warm evening.
Review the full list of value picks here.
The Oregon Wine Press tasting panel has selected the following wines based on overall quality and value within their respective categories. To the best of our knowledge, they are currently available in the marketplace. Wine must be: 1) produced by an Oregon winery; 2) priced (retail) $30 or less for reds, $30 or less for Chardonnay, $30 or less for dessert and sparkling wines, and $25 or less for remaining varietals; and 3) currently available to consumers. Recommended wines were selected using a double-blind method and a 20-point ranking system for appearance, aroma, taste, balance and finish.