Saturday, November 7, 2020

Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Chardonnay 2017

Tasted at another American Wine Society virtual event. This ranks high on my all-time best Chardonnay list. Produced from the Dijon clone, it is big in flavor, more like a white Burgundy than a California Chardonnay. The owner compared it to Mersault, but I must admit that my limited experience has never given me a Mersault of this quality.

Medium deep yellow. The nose is simply irresistible: pear, honey, flowers. And the flavors are there to match: lemon cream with subtle vanilla on the finish. Very long, haunting finish. This is not a budget wine ($45 on the winery website) but I feel sure I would have to pay a higher price for a comparable Mersault. 

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