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2006 Chehalem Chardonnay "Ian's Reserve"

Chehalem 2006 Ians Reserve Chardonnay

Winery: Chehalem

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Ian's Reserve"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Oregon

State or country: OR

Price: $34

Cases produced: 458

KWG Score: 94 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: June 12, 2009

Wine Review: This yellow colored Chard from the Stoller Vineyards in Oregon was very well received by the group that tasted it. It opens with an attractive mango and light apricot like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very well balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a delicious light honeydew melon, and green apple. The finish is dry and it lingers very nicely. This elegant Chard is very food friendly and would pair with veal picatta or my Chicken St. Timothy. Enjoy this gem. Ken

Winemaker Notes: This wine resembles my prior favorite Ian’s Reserve, the 1998. It is rich, thick, mouth-coating, and bright in acid with flavors of lemon tart and characteristics of spice, white chocolate, and flan (both the custard and its syrup). Emollient to the degree of olive-oil texture, it also carries an intriguing thread of chartreuse on the palate as well as fruit sweet with hints of spiced pineapple and papaya and very good balance. Complex and simply seamlessly integrated.

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