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Bachelder Willamette Valley Chardonnay
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Bachelder Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesSourced from a few sites in the northern Willamette and vinified at Carlton Winemakers Studio (alongside like minded garagistes), this was barrel fermented with native yeast before 18 months rest in wood (15 percent new French oak, the rest 1-5 years old), and blended just prior to bottling. In Bachelder's Burgundian-toned way this carries a slick of flint throughout the generous form, tinged with lemon balm and verbena on a creamy, stone-fruited, popcorn base. A sea salt snap tightens the whole and rings on the finish. Poured blind I probably wouldn't say Willamette, but I would say Bachelder.Tasted: 04 January 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 25.00 BC 35.00 private wine shops Producer: BachelderDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Varietal: Chardonnay