Chardonnay and Style

Chardonnay is the most popular white grape varietal in the United States, and may be one of the most stylistically diverse in the domestic marketplace.

The Pacific Northwest offers a variety of meso-climates, soil types, elevations, slope and aspect within its Chardonnay plantings.  The Ancient Lake AVA offers mineral driven, austere Chardonnays, Yakima Valley offers tropical fruit and showier palate weight, the Horse Heaven Hills offers grassier, fresher stylistic options.

Willamette Valley is quickly becoming the vogue Chardonnay region to wine drinkers and critics alike.

Winemaking techniques also offer more choices yet.  To ferment malolactic or not? Oaked or unoaked?  Stainless or barrel aged, or a blend of the two?

Please contact us for a road map to the different varieties of Chardonnay, and what best suits your style and portfolio.