Chehalem Vineyards Willamette Valley
Winemaking at Chehalem commenced in 1990. The winery is also now co-owned by Bill and Cathy Stoller of STOLLER VINEYARDS and Harry Peterson-Nedry is a part owner in their winery. There are now three estate vineyard sources, Ridgecrest, Stoller and Corral Creek, the total area under vine being some 106 ha (262 acres). Pinot Noir makes up the bulk of the grapes, the rest being Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and a little Gamay Noir. 3 Vineyards is a blend of the sites. As well as this and the three vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir a special cuvée is produced, the Reserve (formerly Rion Reserve), which is firmer and more impressively structured. It should evolve well over 4 or 5 years. The wines are generally very ripe and full of exotic dark fruits and new oak is kept to a minimum. The Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and gets full malolactic and lees-ageing and stirring. The Inox is fresh and richly peachy with impressive intensity. As the name suggests it is tank fermented and sees no oak. The current range is completed by a Riesling and Pinot Gris made in both dry and late-harvest styles. (DM)
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