2015 Eyrie "Estate" Dundee Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1278478 92 points James Suckling

 A layered and fresh white with cooked apples, honey and straw. Medium- to full- bodied, creamy and textured wine with fresh and pretty fruit. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.  (11/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Estate Chardonnay has a lemon marmalade and grapefruit peel nose with hints of fresh hay and preserved kumquat. Medium-bodied, it has an oxidative character with plenty of toasty/nutty flavors, a satiny texture and a long, savory finish. (LPB) 90+  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

Eyrie is an Oregon original, famed for planting the first Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. That same year, 1965, founder David Lett also planted the area's first Chardonnay. Year after year, this wine demonstrates to us that the best of Oregon Chardonnay need not be overshadowed by Pinot Noir! "I honestly believe that this can hold its own with the best Chardonnays from the U.S. and most Premier Cru Burgundies on the market currently," K&L Domestic wine buyer Bryan Brick said of last year's release. "I don’t know if there is a better Chardonnay for value in the world right now." The wine is aged on the lees in neutral oak for nearly a year, resulting in what the critics also agree is a subtly expressive, long-lived Chardonnay.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.