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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Orogeny Vineyards Chardonnay Green Valley 2006
Orogeny Vineyards Chardonnay Green Valley 2006
(search item no. 98737)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh, vibrant layers of Meyer lemon, ripe pear, tropical fruit, mineral and floral character unfold in our 2006 Orogeny Chardonnay. The crisp, balanced acidity and richly textured palate create the perfect framework for the lush fruit flavors. Creamy caramel apple nuances from barrel aging lace the aromas and flavors, then gently linger on the finish. This fruit-intense Chardonnay comes from the renowned Green Valley subappellation of Sonoma's Russian River Valley. Enjoy this wine with appetizers or rich seafood entrées, including grilled sea bass or halibut, crab cakes with garlic aioli and lobster with ginger curry drawn butter.

A captivating Chard that shows impeccable balance, and the price is very good for this level of quality. The fruit is brilliantly ripe in green apple, kiwi, Asian pear and lime flavors, with a deft touch of smoky oak. A firm minerality undergirds the structure. - Wine Enthusiast

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About Orogeny Vineyards:

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.