Wine: Oregon chardonnay
Oregon chardonnay is finally coming into its own, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Acclaimed for its pinot noir, the Willamette Valley “needed a white,” but only now have winemakers begun sorting out how to get the most from the chardonnay grape as it grows there. Acidity is the calling card of Oregon chardonnays; in the best, it’s well balanced but generates “a sense of liveliness, tension, or thrust.”
2015 J. Christopher Cuvée Lunatique ($17). This entry-level wine is “fresh, vibrant, and uncomplicated,” with aromas of apples and flowers.
2015 Adelsheim Willamette Valley ($22). “Lingering savory, saline flavors” characterize this “tense, deep, and well-balanced” wine, one of the best values we found.
2015 Evening Land Eola-Amity Hills La Source ($67). Pricey and worth it, this “rich but nimble” wine offers notes of herbs, nuts, and citrus.