2019 Appassionata Chardonnay

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2019 Appassionata Chardonnay
2019 Appassionata Chardonnay

Oregon in the Key of C

Appassionata Chardonnay is the expressive summit of this classic Burgundian variety in the Willamette Valley. Fermented and matured in large (500-liter) oak casks, it rests on the full lees for two years before bottling. It then rests in our cellar for another year before its release, three years after vintage. The wine’s elegant texture, fine structure and extended maturation time ensure a long life for this vibrant Chardonnay.

The Appassionata bottling is a special selection of a few extraordinary barrels of Pinot Noir, aged and released only when we believe it is ready to drink. This cuvée is dense and powerful with continued structure, yet retains an Old World elegance and finesse. It shows off the magic transformation that only comes from bottle age. The 2008 is a very heralded vintage and the fourth release of the Appassionata. Only 240 6-packs were produced from three barrels of Abbey Ridge Vineyard and two barrels of Bella Vida Vineyard.

Rating: 94 points, Cellar Selection
Anyone questioning Chardonnay’s potential in the Willamette Valley should try this rich and sophisticated wine. A silky texture, is met with mouthfilling flavors of orange sorbet, pineapple
and challah bread, as well as a hint of mint. The aromas of lemon curd and petrichor are equally delightful.
Wine Enthusiast, April 2023
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationDundee Hills
VineyardAbbey Ridge/Bella Vida
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced120
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginOregon
Artificially CarbonatedNo
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