Chardonnay, 2015. Wildstock

Chardonnay, 2015. Wildstock

Item #: C0819W1DO
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Oregon
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Flint, Lime Zest
Palate: Bracing Structure
Finish: High and Tight, Lime Zest
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2024/Shellfish, Seafood/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Wildstock is made by Scott Paul Wines, founded in Carlton, Oregon, in 1999 by Scott and Martha Wright as an artisanal Pinot Noir winery. The Wright's longtime business partner and friend, Cameron Healy, purchased the property from them and, in 2014, launched Wildstock Wines, which offered wines other than Pinot.

The winery is located in the middle of the Willamette Valley, Oregon's premiere grape-growing area. The history of the property goes back to 1915, when the building that houses their tasting room was once a creamery.

The Willamette Valley is internationally known for great Pinot Noir. But, as we all know, the same terroir that makes great Pinot Noir also makes great Chardonnay. It was Healy's mission to tell the world that Oregon is not a one-grape pony and that Chardonnay can stand alongside Pinot Noir and make a statement as to the significance of the area.

His vision was to create a Chardonnay in the image of the great Chablis of France. Using no oak allows him to represent the volcanic soils and schists that make the soil here perfect for Chardonnay. He has done so with rousing success.

We don't like to make comparisons of wines from different areas, let alone different continents, but this wine begs to be. It has all the alluring, flinty, boney structure of tightly twisted Chablis, except it's also different. Its bracing acidity will make you stand up and take notice, but the shy, alluringly pure fruit will cause you to settle back down and smile.