Orogeny Vineyards Chardonnay Green Valley 2007
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
Chardonnay is more transparent to its vineyard sourcing than any other varietal; you are really brought back to the vineyard-to the growing conditions, the effect of soil and climate. Green Valley is a simple, beautiful and distinct place and our Chardonnay reflects this.
The vibrant flavors and impeccable balance of the 2007 Green Valley Chardonnay prove that this grape varietal loves chilly climates. Old vines bathed in cold Pacific Ocean fog give this wine its complex citrus, pear, pineapple-guava, tropical fruit and white flower notes. The crisp, balanced acidity and richly textured palate create the perfect framework for the lush fruit flavors. Crème brûlée nuances from malolactic fermentation and French oak barrels lace the aromas and flavors, and then gently linger on the finish. This wine makes an exceptionally delicious complement to appetizers, creamy soups and rich seafood dishes.
Wine Spectator - "Combines crisp ripe pear, apple and honeydew melon fruit with spicy, toasty, cedary oak, gaining body and depth on the long finish. Drink now through 2012."
Wine Enthusiast - "Orogeny has a very good track record with their Chardonnay, and they’ve held back on the price, which is good news for consumers. The '07 is oaky and ripe, with pineapple tart, pear jam, green apple butter, honey, vanilla cream and smoky cedar flavors."
Pinot Noir, more than any other grape, reflects where it is grown. Orogeny pays tribute to the land with their name. Orogeny is a geological term that comes from Greek oro, "mountain," and -geny, "birth." It refers to the process during which the collisions and separations of the earth's crust form mountains. A series of orogenic episodes in Sonoma County near the Pacific Ocean formed the mountains and streams that created Green Valley, the unique source for Orogeny Vineyard's grapes.
They focus on cool-climate Pinot Noir from Green Valley, the coldest region of the famed Russian River Valley. Fog flows from the Pacific Coast along the Russian River and through the Petaluma Wind Gap, converging on this small area.
Orogeny's grapes are grown on five small vineyards, each only five to ten acres, which were selected to display the bright fruit characteristics of classic Green Valley Pinot Noir. Their limited size permits Orogeny to use hands-on farming techniques. The vines are planted on ridges in Gold Ridge soils, a mix of sandy loam over sandstone and clay. These sites provide excellent drainage, which promotes even ripening and concentrated flavors. View all Orogeny Vineyards Wines
About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsDealseeker - Oneill, NE51/25/2011I don't know all the fine phrases for the full and mellow overtones or the fresh crisp finish, but I can say my wine of choice is chardonnay and this one did nothing wrong.31/24/2011A little too bitter of a chardonney for me.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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