Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Gorge 2008

Society for American Wines hosted Phelp’s Creek tasting featuring the wines of Oregon and Portland. This wine is quite pale in color mild on the nose. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks and no Oak. The wine is quite crisp and clean, and food friendly. On the finish the wine is on the lighter side of medium. The benefit of the lack of oak is that you can taste a lot more of the natural chard flavors. This one is quite fruit forward. It’s more in the Chablis style. The wine is not quite to my taste but it was nice none the less. I would give it an 89 or so. The wine is worth $18 at the winery, but unfortunately not in the LCBO. It was the first wine of the evening and an excellent place to start!

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