2017 Authentique "Fond Marin" Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay (Previously $40)

SKU #1540976 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Super fresh, this has aromas of sliced pear and ripe melon, as well as toasted lemon peel and complex, fermentation-derived flint. The palate is flavorful and long and carries fully ripe pear and melon flavors with a smoothly layered texture. So seamless. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Fruit tones of apple and tropical fruit firm up the midpalate and gain concentration. The balancing acidity adds lime and grapefruit, with excellent length and concentration. *Editors' Choice* (PG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2021 | Send Email
Most of you are aware by now that I'm a HUGE believer in Oregon Chardonnay. Sure, everyone knows they make rocking Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley, but the Chardonnay still flies a little under the radar most of the time. The "Fond Marin" or "Seabed" Chardonnay from Authentique Cellars is a wine that deserves to be in your glass if you love great Chardonnay. Coming from top notch vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills - Keeler Estate, Bois Joli and Eola Springs Vineyards - that all share ancient marine sedimentary soils that give the wine its fitting name. This wine wonderfully combines beautifully ripe Chardonnay flavors and textures with searing acidity and saline minerality. Bursting initially with ripe golden orchard fruit, and poached pear, the palate quickly transitions into preserved lemon, citrus peel, toasted almonds and oyster shell mineral. The range of flavors experienced on the palate is remarkable, and the texture goes from viscous and creamy upfront, to dry, chalky, and mouthwatering on the finish with focused acidity and seeming endless persistence. So impressive and impactful. Absolutely stunning Chardonnay by any measure.

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