This one-of-a-kind offering from Chehalem celebrates what they are calling a “great” vintage. The wine is dark, supple and immensely rich and dense, yet retains a lightness that captures the elegance of the Pinot Noir grape while propelling it to rarified heights. The mix of red and purple fruits, herb, spice and earth all come together in a smooth and seductive…
This is certainly the finest Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay ever made. A softly appealing entry leads gracefully into a remarkably complex wine that puts the lush barrel flavors of butterscotch, toffee and toasted hazelnuts right up front. But it doesn’t stop there, layering in candied apricots and a rich array of ripe tropical fruits. Remarkably concentrated, the wine…
Delightfully piercing and pungent, the brambly bouquet features a little oak-driven caramel to soften up the leather and smoke elements. The mouthfeel is big and cushy, and at first there’s lots of vanillin on the red-fruit palate. With breathing, it really opens up and comes together, showing complexity and style galore. Drink now or within three years.
After the massive Pinot Gris bottlings from Chehalem in 2006, these much lighter 2007 wines are a delight. Both the regular and this reserve offerings live up to the winery’s professed Alsatian model, with rich textural flavors that bind lightly tropical fruits to searing minerality. Concentrated and complex, this young wine is still quite tight and will need…
Another fine white wine from Chehalem, dry but not sour, with lovely sweet/tart peach and pear, honeysuckle and lime flavors co-mingled. It has a full midpalate and a clean, refreshing finish.
Very consistent in style with previous vintages, this textural, lemony, racy Riesling seems bone dry, though it is noted as having 1% residual sugar. Along with rich flavors of grapefruit and citrus, there are nectarine and pear fruit highlights and a sharp minerality.
Corral Creek is considered to be the best of the four estate vineyards that grow Riesling. The acidity has a lip-puckering, lemony character that carries over into the fruit. A citrusy serenade of lemon, tart tangerine and grapefruit. Excellent mass and depth, with plenty of grip and power.
This is a beauty, with deep, sweet aromas of black cherry, mincemeat pie, vanilla and buttered toast. The palate is full of cherry, plum and vanilla, with charred oak supplying the foundation—too much char for one of our tasters. But the finish is smooth as silk.