The 2017 Angela Estate Chardonnay is a vibrant wine, balanced and delicious, showcasing precise aromas of green apple, wet stones and citrus fruits.
Angela Vineyards is a team of people from many different walks of life bringing together a wide range of passions: sustainable farming, the artistry of winemaking, beautiful and intentional design, the language of music, keeping our earth alive and well, and creating relationships that strengthen our community.
What Angela Vineyards produces comes from the relationships they build—between land and weather, vines and soil, people and places, ideas and experiences. They collectively are drawn to bringing the unexpected together, of contrasts and a lot of surprises.
Winemaker Alban Debeaulieu creates wines that showcase their individualities and the beautiful characteristics that come from fruit farmed sustainably in a responsible, detailed manner. In the cellar they use old world methods of craft with minimal intervention in the winemaking and rely on the art of tasting to guide the way in building wines that are reflective of their vintage and a discovery of Angela Vineyards' wine world to those who drink them.
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.
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.