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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009
Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109305)
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

INOX® takes its name from the abbreviation of the French word for stainless steel, inoxydable. The wine was created differently from most Chardonnay you've had. We think we've succeeded in expressing the crisp, steely, and fruit-rich side that we love about some Old-World Chardonnays. What makes this possible is the use of exclusively Dijon clones, exceptionally well suited to Oregon's cool climate and exhibiting a richness that does not depend on oak. INOX screams of the hallmarks of a cool climate-brightness, pinpoint fruit, and explosive aromas and flavors. We intend INOX for a full range of use, from hot weather chilling to elegant dinner complements.

Quintessential INOX, with lovely white aromas of gardenia and other flowers, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, and green apple candy showing on the nose and palate; it shows a great balance with relatively low alcohol for the year and bright acid; the length is lovely and the weight rich, with a supple, silky texture; flavors linger, with cherry and peach accents. Very pleased.

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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.