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Chehalem Winery

Chehalem Winery Harry Peterson-Nedry is founder and co-owner of Chehalem, being principal shareholder/managing general partner of Chehalem Group Limited Partnership, the owner of two of the estate vineyards of Chehalem, Ridgecrest and Corral Creek, consisting of 65 planted acres on 167 acres. Harry began development of Ridgecrest Vineyards, the original vineyard, in 1980 and began commercial winemaking as Chehalem with the 1990 vintage. Harry is development winemaker at Chehalem. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, with degrees in Chemistry and English, and spent 26 years in technical and management roles in high tech manufacturing industries, focusing on quality and process control. He began allocating full-time to winery and vineyard work in 1995.

Chehalem is located on Highway 99 in Newberg, Oregon, directly across the highway from our friends at Rex Hill Winery. We are a 45 minute drive from downtown Portland. While we do not operate a public tasting room we are happy to receive you by appointment in order to spend more time tasting and educating you on our wines and our business.

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31190 NE Veritas Lane, Newberg, OR, US, 97132 Email:
Phone: 503-538-4700 Web:
Fax: 503-537-0850
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  3 Vineyard Pinot Noir
Very characteristic of the vintage, with blue-black colors and characters, with fruits showing crushed blueberries and raspberry, and with lush, silky aromatics promising a suppleness and integration. The weight is moderate, richness and extraction not overly wrought, and no alcohol is apparent. Flavors are red in nature and a fine tannin structures the wine, leaving a sense of complexity and a nice persistence. May be the best since 1998, which is saying something considering 2002.
  Corral Creek Pinot Noir
This wine shows complex red-black cherry/raspberry/plum fruit, in the red-blue-black signature of the vintage, with amazing weight and fine tannin on the palate. The density of this wine, a silky-velvety texture and good acid make the Corral Creek, as usual, a balanced, symmetrical and understated Pinot noir, even in this vintage.
  Dry Riesling Reserve
Classic in this great white vintage, with ginger, lime, white fruits and dusty white floral elements, the acid is tangy, the finish good and lengthening, and the weight is full. Look for ageability, amazing food matches and good palate excitement.
  Ian's Reserve Chardonnay, 100% Dijon Clone
This is a big, rich chardonnay, with plenty of structure and brightness, but emphasizing mouth feel and complex flavors. It is oily rich, has vanillin character and a viscosity that give a crème caramel impression on the palate. There is lift and brightness from alcohol and white spices. There is breadth and sweetness from an almost honeyed set of flavors that include hints of toffee and even chartreuse. A fine weight. A fine complexity.
  INOX™ Chardonnay
2004 INOX exhibits fresh fruit virtually jumping out of the glass, with bright yellow and green apple aromas and flavors, punctuated with melon, lemon and lime. The wine is light melon-yellow through the clear glass bottle, has good weight and zings with a good acid structure. A very good white vintage to showcase Dijon chardonnay fruit characteristics.
  Oregon Pinot Noir Reserve
Deeply colored, garnet to red-black; a dusty, high spice, citrus peel, mixed fruit cobbler nose, with highlights of blue fruited huckleberry; firm, round mid-palate, with lifted, scintillating aromatics and textures; very complex; balanced, showing no alcohol. The first year we have blended all three vineyards into this top Pinot noir. It works to produce a feminine Pinot noir in a very big year.
  Pinot Blanc
Platinum to yellow in color, with melon aromatics and a Crayola crayon lift, this Pinot blanc carries sweet dried fruit richness and great volume and weight. It is well-balanced, showing only a little alcohol and an invigorating cleanness. A big white wine from an excellent white year.
  Pinot Gris Reserve
A bright and moderately weighty Pinot gris, with good acid, a minerality and gray aromatic strains of lavender, sea salts and lemon-lime. Not overripe or bruised fruit in impression, it is bright, fresh and dry. There is good weight, a little heat and a focused white fruit core of white peach, with honeycomb. A great white year, but with reduced volumes.
  Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive
The 1999 Pinot Gris VT is still a baby at release, almost two years after harvest and a year after bottling. Although rich in flavor, deeply weighted and silky on the palate, the classic white, bruised fruit aspect of this wine has more complexity to add. Time will integrate the fruit, alcohol and sugar. Not a dessert wine in the sweet sense; we look forward to classic pairings like foie gras and hard white cheeses. Or nothing at all.
  Ridgecrest Vineyards CERISE™
A syrah/zinfandel nose, almost huckleberry in nature and intensity, with big acid and a tangy, low pH zing on the palate, this blue-black wine is laser focused and should age exceptionally well. An interestingly big version of Cerise.
  Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir
Typical Ridgecrest, only moreso. Strong impressions of black fruit and a firm, ageable structure dominate this wine, with deep, deep red and black color and fruit saturation. A dusty, raspberry and blackberry fruit set of aromas and flavors, with a fine pepper and brown spice impression from whole cluster components. Hints of blue fruit and a dark bittersweet chocolate make for dark complexity. Fine tannin, lovely, luxurious weight on the palate and excellent structure make this classic Ridgecrest in a big and ageable way. Balanced in a potentially imbalanced year.
  Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir
As a tribute to maturing vineyards, recently we keep making "best yet" Stoller Vineyards pinot noir bottlings each year. This is one. Dark red to garnet in hue, this wine is deeply colored, fruited and weighted. There is spicy red and black fruit showing, with lots of raspberry, plum and even blackberry-almost a spiced cobbler or fruit crisp-exhibiting a luxuriant texture and volume. There is a slight hint of alcohol in high aromatics, an underlying fine grit of tannin for aging, darkness and coffee roast wood characters, and a length and breadth that is pleasing to me. Despite its growing pedigree, I appreciate this soft, plush wine for its friendliness and comfort factor-a bit like corduroy.
  Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Platinum color with fresh fruit, white peach pit showing perfect ripeness; broad, rich aromatic profile, showing mineral and talc whiteness with effusive white blossom brightness. Very good body weight and bright acid. A very good white wine year, as good as the 2002
  Williamette Valley Chardonnay
Medium gold, with warm waxy nose, vanillan and crème brulee richness, with slight hints of barrel toast, chartreuse and tropical fruits; the wine is soft and rich on the palate, almost plush and luxuriant. A nice way to end this label.


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