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Adelsheim Catlin's Reserve Chardonnay
Oregon's pioneer winegrowers planted using selections of Chardonnay that had been chosen for California's climate. They were very late ripening - in Oregon, two or three weeks after Pinot noir. In 1974, David Adelsheim worked harvest in Burgundy and realized that the vines there produced fewer and smaller grape clusters and ripened in tandem with Pinot noir. He suspected that planting clones with these characteristics might be a boon for Oregon's wine industry. David followed through by helping create a system at Oregon State University that dealt with all the red tape and mandatory quarantines to allow both Chardonnay and Pinot noir clones to be imported. These so-called 'Dijon' clones were eventually released for planting in 1989. As the vines matured, we've found that the resulting wines are much different than what Oregon could formerly produce, much more in the direction of white Burgundy.

The vintage displays wonderfully complex aromas of hazelnuts, lemon blossom, fresh apples, honey and baking spices. And is nicely balanced on the palate by the vibrant acidity found in our cooler northern wine growing region, it features a long, polished finish and a rich, velvety mouthfeel.

Bottle Size: .750


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