2016 SOTER “NORTH VALLEY” CHARDONNAY
When setting out to create a personality-driven, wildly complex Chardonnay that epitomizes Willamette Valley terroir, and keep it at a value price, having the skill-set of two winemaking veterans has it’s advantages… This brilliantly made Chardonnay was composed by one of the most talented winemaking duos on the North Coast. Tony Soter spent 30 years in Napa Valley at iconic wineries including, Chappellet, Spottswoode, Shafer and Araujo, and also founded Etude Winery in 1980. His partner James Cahill is a veteran with 20 harvests in Oregon and he honed his skills at Beaux Freres. For their North Valley Chardonnay, they source fruit from family growers in the Northern region of the Willamette Valley and through meticulous, hands-on attention to farming practices, they’re able to achieve a level of quality normally associated with estate grown wines.
The diversity in vineyard sources spans four sup-appellations and lends to the complexity and tension that they’ve achieved in this wine. During the fermentation process they added yet another element to the myriad of flavors that define their North Valley Chardonnay by fermenting in both Stainless steel and French oak. I was stunned by how much I enjoyed this wine at our tasting and in fact we bought every bottle available of the 2016…
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