2011 Chehalem "INOX" Wilamette Valley Chardonnay (Previously $16)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A Chehalem 2011 Chardonnay Inox – as its name implies, raised entirely in tank, whence I tasted it – is sourced largely from Stoller Vineyard with a bit from Corral Creek. Honeysuckle, clover, and fresh Golden Delicious apple on the nose go on to inform a polished, juicy palate that has clearly benefitted from lees contact. A lick of salt helps add invigoration and salivary stimulation to a relatively simple but simply delicious Chardonnay to enjoy over the next couple of years.
Surprisingly soft, with an easy-drinking roundness to the midpalate, this is a bit of a butter cookie Chardonnay despite the INOX (stainless steel) moniker. The pretty fruit is the highlight.
Fresh and appealing, with honeydew and floral aromas and flavors on a light frame. Drink now. (Web-2013)