Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2017
This opens with aromas of fresh apples and white talc, with a quiet underpinning of white flowers. On the palate there’s a coiled sensibility to this wine, like it’s lying in wait to spring out at you. This is buffered by a cool, creamy lusciousness that carries into a long finish.
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Tangy, sappy and tongue-tickling, this exceptional wine simply explodes upon the palate with rich citrus, especially grapefruit and light peach fruit flavors. The acids are prominent and juicy, not sour, and this Chardonnay is as fresh and lively as you could ever hope to find in a state known for them.
An assertively fresh and crisp chardonnay with a fresh, zipped-up palate that offers crisp appeal and lemon flavors with smooth, nutty nuances to close.
Pale yellow. Fresh pear, melon and lemon curd aromas are complemented by suggestions of white flowers and buttered toast. Fleshy and lively on the palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors and a hint of smokiness. Finishes long and silky, with gentle grip and a lingering floral quality. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026.
Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operated winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for his "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.
The Chehalem Mountains is a northwest-southeast span of several distinct mountains, ridges and peaks in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. Of all of Willamette Valley's smaller AVAs, it is closest to the city of Portland. Its highest summit, Bald Peak at an elevation of 1,633 feet, serves to generate cooler air for the rest of the AVA and its hillside vineyards. The region covers 70,000 acres but only 1,600 acres are planted to vines; soils of the Chehalem Mountains are a mix of basalt, ocean sediment and loess.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.