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Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Willamette Valley Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: Oh when oh when will the Bureau of Alcohol finally grant us approval for our Red Hills of Dundee appellation. While it languishes in bureaucracy, however, our village wine from the Red Hills will continue to handle the less exciting appellation of "Willamette Valley." This wine is probably our most consistent offering from vintage to vintage. Since it is all barrel fermented and left on the yeast sediment for 1 year, it is always rich and full-bodied and a long finish. It is the only Chardonnay at Cameron which sees new French oak but, at that, only a small percentage. With the '03 vintage the alcohol is slightly higher than the previous offering but still weighs in at only 13.1%.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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