2015 Shea Wine Cellars "Shea Vineyard" Willamette Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1342021 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smooth and rich, this young wine has exceptional texture and mouthfeel. It's a seamless mix of ripe stone fruit, with a touch of vanilla and a hint of butter. *Editors’ Choice* (PG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "Vines planted in 1998. A bright, crisp Chardonnay that’s excellent for food pairing or on its own. Minerality and stone fruits such as peach and white nectarine start on the nose and continue onto the palate. This Chardonnay has beautiful acid balance."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2018 | Send Email
I’ve tasted some fantastic Chardonnay from the Willamette this year. I had long known its potential to produce world-class Pinot Noir but had only scratched the surface of what the Chards have to offer. The Shea vineyard is world-renowned for Pinot Noir but this wine shows just how special their Chardonnay can be as well. This wine is from vines planted in 1998 on a hillside of fractured sandstone. It is packed with bright yellow stone fruits, apricot pit, baked bread and grainy minerals. The oak (just 16% new) delicately frames the freshness and energy of the wine. Beautifully judged and very refreshing.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5