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Alexana Terroir Series Chardonnay 2012

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750ML / 12.9% ABV
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750ML / 12.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Terroir Selection Chardonnay has vibrant aromas of green apple, lemon zest and vanilla. On the palate, this wine is bright and crisp with notes of apple blossom, white plum and minerality with a long finish.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Vibrant, with juicy pear, star fruit and spice flavors that ride on a polished, sleek frame. Offers intensity and plenty of spice, showing a sense of restraint. The finish persists impressively.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay comes from Eola-Amity, Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton AVAs and sees 39% new French oak. The nose is light with touches of beeswax and dried peach. The palate is nicely balanced with bright citrus notes on the entry, commendable weight and focus with a keen line of acidity tying everything together on the finish. This is a well-crafted Chardonnay.
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Alexana Winery was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of producing Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he met Lynn Penner-Ash. Alexana is named after Dr. Revana’s daughter, Alexandra.

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.

The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.

Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin blanc and Gamay.

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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.

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