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Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    12.7% ABV
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    12.7% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Anam Cara's third harvest from 2.5 young acres of Dijon clone Chardonnay, planted in 2008 according to the biodynamic calendar. To keep the integrity of the wine, they fermented in a small stainless steel tank. The objective – as with each of their wines - is to follow the direction the grapes take us and keep a "hands off" winemaking approach. The resulting wine shows pure Chardonnay characteristics without heaviness. There is no malolactic fermentation.

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    The words Anam Cara are Celtic for "friend of my soul" and symbolize the journey we have taken to make our wine. -Nick & Sheila Nicholas. The Nicholas Estate Vineyard is located on a southeast facing slope between the towns of Sherwood and Newberg in the Chehalem Mountains AVA and was recently certified sustainable.
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    Chehalem Mountains

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    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.

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    Chardonnay

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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 practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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