Elk Cove Willamette Valley Chardonnay 1997

Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Winemaker's Notes

As our Chardonnay vines mature they are yielding fruit with great depth of flavors. The grapes for the 1997 Chardonnay are from two different clones in the Elk Cove Estate; an early ripening clone from France and the U.C. Davis #108, the former gives lush tropical characteristics and the latter yields fresh green apple flavors.

These flavors combined with the eleven months the wine spent in small French oak barrels and a complete malo-lactic fermentation has given the wine roundness, complexity, and finesse. The winemakers allow little oxidation during processing, and this gives the wine freshness and life. A delicious white wine from one of America's premium viticultural areas!

The growing season in 1997 was slightly warmer than average this Chardonnay has excellent fruit flavors that has popular appeal, yet it has excellent balance and aging potential. This wine is delicious now and has enough fruit and balanced acidity to age a number of years with cool cellaring.

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Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wine producers. Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, their focus has always been to produce handcrafted, estate-grown wines that can rival the best in the world. Estate vineyards now cover over 250 acres on five separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. Steep south-facing slopes of Willakenzie,...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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