Chehalem Corral Creek Vineyard Reserve Riesling 2002

Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 74394
  • white wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WE93

Winemaker's Notes

An almost-cult wine made in very limited quantities, in the style of Alsace. Largely for top-end restaurants or Dry Riesling freaks, this is a big wine with brilliant, rich fruit, bright acid and a weighty palate.

The acidity provides ageability and great structure, making it amazing with food and cleansing on the palate. It continues the viscous, intense, Alsatian styled wines that our Pinot Gris Reserve starts; it is harvested late (always in November) with a touch of botrytis and full ripeness, giving the most intense dry riesling we can make; concentrated and well-structured on the palate, it is tightly packed as a young wine, showing mineral and grapefruit on the nose, with spice, white stone fruit, and floral accents just beginning to surface; vinified in small lots with a selection of yeasts, it is dry and as perfectly balanced as we can make it.

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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.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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