2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1314452 94 points James Suckling

 A very pretty texture to this wine with cream and dried apples in addition to hints of lemons and limes. A medium to full body and soft yet bright acidity. Love this fabulous wine. Don't miss it.  (12/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Pale yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-inflected orchard and pit fruit, lavender and buttered toast aromas are complicated by oyster shell, fennel and vanilla nuances. Concentrated yet nervy and light on its feet, offering palate-staining, oak-kissed pear nectar, Meyer lemon and candied ginger flavors underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Shows superb energy and power on the floral-tinged finish, which hangs on with serious, mineral-driven tenacity. (JR)  (2/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This hits the palate with full force--a stylish effort that coats the tongue with lush stone fruit flavors, elevated with citrus-tinged acidity. A light touch of barrel toast frames the lovely fruit. Drink now through the mid-2020s. (PG)  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Harmonious and pretty, with grapefruit and passion fruit aromas and delicately rich and layered pear and spicy lees flavors that linger. Drink now through 2021. (TF)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
Fantastic, elegant, mineral intense, perfectly balanced Chardonnay. This feels like Premier Cru Chablis on the palate. Stone fruit, baked pear, and lemon barley meld into saline characters, flint and very subtle framing oak. A wine that is intense and precise but also expressive, soft and giving. Exceptional value given its Burgundian pedigree and maturity of the vines. Tasted on multiple occasions, each time as impressive as the last.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2018 | Send Email
One of the newest projects by Domaine Drouhin Oregon, is the Roserock wines. These wines come from a newer vineyard acquisition for Domaine Drouhin, but the vineyard itself is one of the oldest in the area. Planted back in the 1970's, this site now has fully mature vines and the quality of the fruit is fantastic. Combined with the passion and poise of the wine-making from Domaine Drouhin, the resultant wine is very dynamic. I'm a huge fan of this new label by Drouhin, and would highly recommend the wine to anyone looking for the best Oregon has to offer.

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Chardonnay

- 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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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.